Wine usually tastes better with age – the older the production date, the better the quality. However, this does not apply to legacy apps and data. The longer you keep them, the more they grow obsolete. To date, nearly 70% of all healthcare devices operate on Windows systems no longer supported by Microsoft. If you keep data on an old machine with an outdated OS, your data will be difficult to access, integrate, and keep secure. The best way to maximize legacy data ROI is to migrate and modernize old apps and data. Below, we will discuss five ways to get the maximum return on investment from your old healthcare data through migration.

1. Set Clear Objectives

Start by stating the goals for your migration. Ensure that your goals link up with the objectives of your organization.

For instance, in a hospital, you should connect the goal of improving the quality of care with the legacy app migration.

Answer questions like:

  • Why is this migration crucial to our hospital operations?
  • Will this migration helps us to improve access to patient data?
  • How will this migration reduce the data processing burden on clinicians?
  • What cost savings are we expecting from this migration within the next 2 to 3 years?

2. Determine the Amount Spent Maintaining Legacy Systems

Extracting reports from legacy systems requires a lot of manual activity. Before you proceed with your migration, you need to assess your present situation. How much time is spent when you need to process data stored in these legacy applications?

Estimate the manual activity. How many hours are your employees spending on these tasks, and how much do these hours cost you?

3. Decide What to Archive and Migrate

Not all the data and application modules in your legacy systems need to be migrated. For instance, some of the old functionality may be in new applications. Similarly, some of the data may be extracted, transformed, and loaded into the new application.

To cut costs, you can assess what you need to migrate and what you can place in a static archive for occasional access.

Ensure that you will be able to comply with all legal requirements for information retrieval, data retention, and security.

4. Choose a Suitable Cloud Platform

Cloud computing provides a scalable, secure and accessible platform to host your migrated data and applications. It will support faster user access and allow you to integrate your older application and data with more modern architecture.

You have three options:

  • Private cloud
  • Public cloud
  • Hybrid cloud

For sensitive healthcare data, a private cloud may be most appropriate.

3. Estimate the Cost of Migration

After you know how much it costs to maintain your legacy system and access data in it, you should get estimates for the planned migration.

You can call a few reliable vendors and get quotes for the migration. Bear in mind that a migration project could take several months, requiring a detailed pre-planning phase.

When calculating this cost, remember to estimate the initial capital investment and the cost of maintaining your migrated application and data.

Those are some of the ways to boost your return on investment in legacy system data migration. To ensure that you migrate successfully at the least cost with a high probability of success at the first attempt, you should work with a data migration specialist.

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