Digital innovations are enabling healthcare organizations across the globe to improve patient care, reduce costs, and boost competitiveness. Everyday technologies—cell phones, smartphone sensors, cloud storage, and more—are contributing to this growth as patients and doctors require quick, constant access to real-time data. Failing to keep up with emerging digital trends puts healthcare organizations at risk for network failures, lower quality patient care, increased cyberattacks, and higher overall infrastructure and network management costs.
Telltale Signs of a Lagging Healthcare Network
- Lack of Access & Slow Speeds: Electronic health records, patient monitoring devices, imaging systems, and more can place huge demands on a network, particularly older networks that weren’t built to support such applications. Modern, converged wired and wireless technologies and switches can help you do your job effectively—delivering speeds up to 11.5 times faster than older-generation technology.
- Low to No Mobility: Clinicians want to work from anywhere. Patients and families want to use their devices in medical facilities just as they do everywhere else. A lack of network mobility can affect quality of care, as well as accessibility. Delivering a better mobile experience with optimized Wi-Fi and roaming capabilities is made possible through wireless, switching and routing solutions that create a powerful, accessible network to keep employees and patients happy.
- Lagging Security: Healthcare is the most targeted sector for cyberattacks. The stakes are high, as a single ransomware attack can not only place sensitive information in the hands of criminals but also force business operations to shut down altogether, severely impacting patient care and the bottom line. The older the infrastructure, the more vulnerable it is to today’s advanced hacking attacks. Intelligent sensors and enforcers, embedded into switches, routers, and wireless solutions can strengthen context, visibility and security throughout a network.
- Cumbersome Infrastructure Management: While you may be able to maintain high quality care and better overall population health, costs of managing a legacy network can remain high. Numerous network delays and lags due to frequent troubleshooting or infrastructure management can cause big problems. New architecture innovations that can be activated through software automate tasks and reduce required maintenance, saving significant time and money.
- Challenges Handling Increased Data: Today’s healthcare networks need to be able to handle the powerful tools, computing environments, applications, and “big data” that give organizations the edge in a competitive, on-demand marketplace. Solutions that incorporate LAN, WLAN, and wireless, as well as security, data center, and unified communications technologies can support today’s largest applications, and scale to meet the data demands of tomorrow.
While growth in the global digital health market is expected to continue to rise, adoption of emerging technologies requires a high level of coordination to ensure sustainable success.
Telcion understands the importance of comprehensive, trusted network architecture solutions and support that can help healthcare organizations grow their competitive edge. Contact us today to learn more about the latest digital health tools and technologies that can boost your network’s accessibility, security, mobility, and more.