Keeping the Healthcare Industry Connected
Internet Service Planning for the Hospital/Healthcare Industry
To remain competitive in today's digital world, hospitals and healthcare providers need fast and reliable Internet bandwidth. Beyond the need to transmit large amounts of data-not to mention large files-they also deal with multiple device connections per user and stringent compliance regulations.
What kind of Bandwidth do hospitals and healthcare organizations need?
First of all, these healthcare organizations typically have many more mobile devices connected-wirelessly or not-than other businesses. These include laptops or tablets carried by doctors and nurses, devices that remotely monitor patients' health care statistics, workstations, asset management systems, phone systems and more-all of which must conform to HIPAA-compliant data security.
Whether you're a hospital campus with multiple facilities or a healthcare provider with a home office and multiple satellite offices, you have a lot to consider when it comes to your internet service requirements. You need easily scalable business Ethernet service that let you quickly add more devices to your network, and with enough bandwidth to handle all the Internet of things (IoT) connected to your network.
Key Internet Service Considerations
The two best choices for internet service in hospitals and healthcare organizations are cable internet service and fiber optics networks. At the end of the day, it comes down to the bandwidth you need to support your organization today and tomorrow.
For smaller healthcare organizations like urgent care centers or PCP satellite offices, cable internet service may be sufficient to meet your bandwidth requirements. However, while cable Internet speeds have increased to up to 500 Mbps download, cable internet speeds are generally slower than fiber speeds particularly on the upload speeds, and may not scale to meet your needs a few years down the line.
Improving IoT and Healthcare
With the increasing number of network-connected devices (known as the Internet of Things, or IoT) being introduced into the healthcare industry-including temperature or positioning sensors, tracking devices, and more, it becomes even more important to consider your bandwidth needs. Legacy networks may not be capable of supporting this increase in devices, much less electronic medical/health records (EMR or EHR) or other digital healthcare initiatives. In addition, healthcare organizations need to transfer large digital imaging files.
It's estimated that within a decade, millions of devices will be connected through IoT technology. Will your healthcare organization be ready? Ensuring there is enough bandwidth to support today's devices along with the scaling flexibility to support the devices of tomorrow isn't as challenging as you might think.
Secure Network Connections
Security is a critical component in determining the best network access-particularly in light of HIPAA and EMR regulations. Many business Ethernet options are shared between more than one subscriber, which means the top advertised speeds are shared.
Direct Internet Access
The most secure option to get the top speeds you're paying for is Direct Internet Access (DIA) service. This means a fiber optics network will be connected to your location-and will not be shared with any other customer. A DIA provides greater bandwidth for healthcare organizations that need ultra-reliable, protected connectivity with symmetrical speeds: meaning upload speeds are as fast as download speeds. With symmetrical speeds, a general practitioner won't have to wait for the radiologist's X-ray upload.? Will have access to files, x-rays and test results almost instantly? Have multiple locations? You can share your DIA connectivity with satellite locations across the country through low or high bandwidth Ethernet services.
Metro Ethernet Services
Many metropolitan areas have already been meshed with a fiber optics network infrastructure. This is commonly referred to as Metro Ethernet Services, which enables providers to connect customers to the fiber optics networks in that area. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations may want to consider a point-to-point network with Ethernet Private Line.
For organizations with two locations, an Ethernet Private Line is a smart choice. This business Ethernet configuration is a fiber optics network that provides secure, scalable, low-latency connectivity between the main office and a secondary location.
Organizations with multiple locations might want to choose from an Ethernet VPN service, which connects a main office to multiple satellite locations via Ethernet virtual connections in a hub-and-spoke type configuration-or an Ethernet Private LAN, where multiple sites connect multipoint-to-multipoint using dedicated bandwidth.
Cable ONE Business Can Help
All our business Ethernet and dedicated Internet access solutions are powered by our best-in-class, fiber-optic backbone that provides solutions locally and nationally. Cable ONE Business offers a variety of fiber optic internet speeds and plans that will meet the bandwidth needs of healthcare organizations both today and tomorrow, with fast, scalable bandwidth from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps. Whether you need to connect a single location, two locations in the same city, or multiple offices across the country, Cable ONE Business has solutions that will help keep your healthcare organization running securely-with low latency and 99.99% uptime, monitored 24/7. Call 855-60-4237 for a consultation today.