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Accelerating healthcare through mobility and analytics

Gary Newbold, Vice President, Asia-Pacific and Japan, Extreme Networks | Nov. 13, 2014
The increased use of mobile devices in the hospital, whether by medical staff, patients or guests, requires high-performance network infrastructure that is able to guarantee seamless connectivity and security at the same time.

Security demand

The use of mobile devices brings security challenges along with the necessity to enable seamless access for both doctors and patients. The wireless LAN in hospitals is getting saturated with data and devices as clinicians use laptops and tablets to view and enter patient data. Yet, unrestricted usage could jeopardize patient privacy as well as place an unacceptable burden on the network and IT resources.

Performance demand

As more life-saving applications are added to the network along with the influx of high bandwidth consumption from mobile users accessing a mix of critical and non-critical applications, having the ability to analyze the network, understand the usage and troubleshooting issues before clinicians and patient lives are impacted becomes critical.

Vision on front; focus on back-end

There is a clear need to modernize the network landscape and provide network intelligence while implementing wireless technologies as hospitals move towards advanced healthcare delivery. The solution should integrate with current systems to maximize current IT resources, and provide better visibility of existing IT systems both from a wired, wireless and application usage level. In order to help support these advancements in the healthcare industry, scalable, secure, intelligent and reliable wired and wireless LAN solutions can be deployed.

Investing in new technologies, such as an interdisciplinary WLAN, has prevailing advantages which make the upgrade worthwhile. The improvements to healthcare organizations in terms of IT agility, flexibility, responsiveness and control will not only enhance the well-being of both patients and healthcare personnel, but also bring numerous economic advantages. A sturdy, intelligent and scalable network foundation can better support the roll out of mobility solutions, which in turn will offer more efficient and productive workflows, and essentially improve the service delivery of the healthcare industry tremendously.

 

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