THE GROWING DEMAND FOR SD-WAN SERVICES IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
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Healthcare is complex, and managing change with so many competing priorities is not for the faint-hearted. Anyone who dares to work in health care deserves a high degree of respect from IT, but health organizations do not always have the luxury of government networking solutions. However, to ensure the best care for patients, a transformation of networks is essential.
This dilemma leaves many IT executives struggling to get everything working, especially when there is a lack of time or human resources to fundamentally reshape the network.
Reliability and availability can sometimes be a matter of life and death in healthcare. Traditional WAN networks cannot adequately support health organizations with multiple sites or networked medical devices. Health care providers should consider switching to software – defined wide area network (SD – Wan) – to ensure that patient data is transmitted reliably and securely.
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The healthcare industry is heavily regulated, and hospitals handle sensitive and personally identifiable information. Hackers can use stolen health information to commit insurance fraud and identity theft.
In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to the increasing use of connected medical devices. For FDA guidelines to be effective, connected devices must be supported by a secure network.
SD – WAN helps HIPAA compliance and data security by automating many processes and incorporating features. Security policies can be set for traffic segmentation and user authentication, and you can even prevent internal users from visiting dangerous websites or accessing malicious software.
Zero-touch delivery allows healthcare providers to easily access new sites, and SD-WAN can be set up faster and easier than traditional WAN. Switching networks can also be easier for health organizations with the right service providers.
Centralized management gives IT teams insight into the entire network, and policies and measures can be developed and implemented across the network.
Central monitoring enables the organization to identify and mitigate network problems and plan for the future. IT can be relieved by working with trusted partners in the area of SD – WAN, health organizations can start to reduce the complexity and operational burden. The transition to SD – WAN offers healthcare organizations the opportunity to reassess their network provider and select one that not only delivers the best possible service, but also the highest quality of service. A high-speed fiber optic network will ensure that it provides the fastest, most reliable and most cost-effective access to the network.
SD – WAN is only as good as the underlying network, so choosing the right SD WAN provider is crucial.
Using Technology Resource Groups free services is a step in the right direction and have many clients that are healthcare providers to deliver robust and highly available network solutions.