Meeting the Bandwidth Challenges of a Digital Healthcare Environment
From Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions
The ability to quickly scale bandwidth to support emerging technologies is a necessity in today’s healthcare environment. This is particularly true in light of the rapid and increased adoption of cloud computing, a market predicted to grow from $3.73 billion in 2015 to $9.48 billion by 2020.
As clinical and administrative applications, such as electronic health record (EHR) and clinical decision support (CDS) systems, transcription and coding, and even patient and physician portals, move to the cloud, they are pushing bandwidth to the limit. Adding to demand is the increased prevalence of wireless monitoring, electronic imaging and distribution, and advanced information sharing to support such initiatives as Accountable Care Organizations and Patient-Centered Medical Homes. Rounding out the bandwidth grab is the skyrocketing utilization of mobile devices. Today, more than eight in 10 doctors use smartphones for work, and 56% use tablets.
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A growing reliance on mobile and cloud-based technology to access data in real-time to optimize patient care requires an IT infrastructure that is HIPAA-compliant and delivers higher performance and reliability even as demand increases. So when network performance for one of Tampa Bay’s leading healthcare systems slipped under the weight of escalating bandwidth demands, and its technology vendor was slow to respond, the healthcare system sought a replacement. Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions emerged as the ideal partner, due to its significant healthcare experience, superior service levels, and fully owned all-fiber network.
To ensure continuous peak performance, Enterprise Solutions provided Metro Ethernet connectivity between each of the system’s hospitals, as well as Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity between remote offices. For disaster recovery, connections were maintained to the healthcare system’s secondary site. In addition, multiple entry points deliver the redundancy needed to prevent the loss of connectivity if a disruption occurs, while bandwidth can quickly scale from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps through simple keystrokes. Primary Rate Interface (PRI) and SIP voice services for all hospitals and Internet access for more than 200 locations was also provided.
With the help of Enterprise Solutions, this Tampa Bay healthcare system now delivers more efficient, better quality patient care, and with its technology-enabled shared infrastructure in place, has grown into a care team focused on collaborating and coordinating care to improve outcomes for their patient population.