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Working Hand in Hand: a Better Network for Streamlined Workflows

March 7, 2018 - 1 Comment

To heal. That is why doctors, nurses, and other clinicians get into healthcare. Technology’s role is to make their jobs easier, more effective, and more efficient – but that isn’t always how it works.

Technology can sometimes feel like it puts up barriers between patients and clinicians – like when the same patient’s medical information is typed into a tablet for what feels like the 100th time. And how integrating new technologies into workflows can feel like a burden for clinicians to learn and use.

With fast access to specialists, time saved finding equipment, and real-time updates to health records, doctors and nurses can spend more time delivering the best care.

In order to take advantage of the promise of IoT and connected healthcare, a hospital needs a strong infrastructure. This means:

  1. Security – The ability to track the passage of information and identify early any vulnerabilities and attacks.
  2. Monitoring network traffic to identify unexpected patterns – quickly pointing to and allowing for remediation of security or capacity issues.
  3. Automation enables compliance with the latest security policies, frees up IT staff, and provides faster and more efficient services, so clinicians can focus on patients, not on if their technology is working properly.
  4. Network prioritization ensures non-critical services, like guest Wi-Fi, don’t dominate bandwidth to the detriment of care-related services, like EMR data processes.
  5. Network analytics provide an understanding of what is happening in the network – identifying bandwidth problems and enabling network prioritization.

To explore these opportunities and network solutions in more depth, Creative Intellect Consulting has developed a series of four papers – including one on streamlining clinical experiences in IoT and connected.

In case you missed it:

The network foundation for IoT and connected healthcare

Security priorities for IoT and connected healthcare 

Stay tuned this week for the final paper in the series which delves deeper into the role of the network in improving the patient experience.

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  1. This is an interesting post, as both a pre-health student and an IoT and blockchain enthusiast. I wonder if and how blockchain could benefit the healthcare system. Great article!