Every time Carolinas HealthCare System gets rid of server or storage hardware, someone in the IT department takes out a roll of red tape. They cut off two pieces and lay those down on the floor in the shape of an X, as in: Do not put any new hardware here.

“I used to be so proud of my datacenter,” Carolinas Chief Information and Analytics Officer Craig Richardville said. “Now I just can’t wait to get rid of my datacenter.”

Other healthcare executives are of a similar mind. Count Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, among those.

“I predict that five years from now none of us will have datacenters,” Halamka said. “We’re going to go out to the cloud to find EHRs, clinical decision support, analytics.”

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