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Aug 10 2018

Evolving healthcare networks for digital transformation

Enabling innovation and value creation

Digital technology is rapidly shifting from being a driver of marginal efficiency to an enabler of innovation and value creation in the healthcare industry. Cloud computing, mobility, machine learning, and data analytics have the potential to transform the way that work is performed across multiple areas of the healthcare system. Business, medical, and IT leaders are considering how the confluence of business factors and technology advances will define their strategies for transformation and move their organizations toward a real-time healthcare model.

Essential network infrastructure

IT infrastructure is fundamental to the success of transformation that moves the organization to one that is more aware, collaborative, and patient-centric. The CIO and the architecture team are under tremendous pressure to develop a technology architecture and roadmap that will enable them to build IT infrastructure that can sense the need for change in processes and operations, accelerate business processes, balances resources and demand, and eliminate waste and latency. This transformation will challenge architects to build network infrastructure that is more adaptable and responsive to business intent, and to ensure that they can hyperscale, provide vital continuity, and security to deliver real-time healthcare services. Legacy health IT infrastructures will not be able to handle the rise in traffic from the increasing use of devices and the large volumes of data collected in the real-time healthcare system. Cloud-based architecture will be needed for transformation and laying a foundation for future expansion.

New adaptive networks

Large healthcare systems must be able to seamlessly interconnect hundreds of sites, thousands of devices, and multiple data silos to streamline workflows and deliver secure ubiquitous access to data and knowledge that are crucial for care. Therefore, the network will be under tremendous pressure to support the organization’s digital strategy. The traditional network must be revisited, and technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) need to be explored to provide centralized control and network automation to ensure that the cloud-based architecture can scale and be operationally viable. SDN will be needed in the data center and extended across wide-area-networks (WANs) through SD-WAN. According to a recent Network World survey on the “State of The Network,” 49% of enterprises said they are considering or actively piloting SDN technologies, while 18% said they have already deployed SDN technology or were upgrading it within their organization. SDN provides networks with a more flexible and dynamic approach and promises healthcare IT greater control over their networks with a lower cost.

Technologies like cloud computing, SDN, and SD-WAN offer significant opportunities for healthcare organizations to improve agility and to transform their business. As the conduit for delivering information and services across the healthcare system, the network is critical to enabling next-generation digital practices.

Learn more about advancing your network to support real-time healthcare. Hear from leading experts during a one-hour webinar, “The Demands of a Digital Future: Exploring transformative technologies at health care systems”. The following experts will present during the webinar, scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on August 21:

  • Barry Runyon, Vice President, Research, Gartner
  • Srinivasan Suresh, MD, MBA, Chief Information Officer, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Chris Janson, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Optical Networks, Nokia

To register, visit https://connectedmed.com/blog/content/digital-transformation-webinar-gartner-upmc-nokia.

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About Cindy Bergevin

Cindy leads enterprise healthcare marketing at Nokia where she reaches healthcare systems around the world to help them with their transformations to become real-time healthcare systems. Tweet @CindyBergevin