Clear and Present Danger: How Poor Bandwidth Can Hemorrhage Health Care Providers

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Feb 20, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Clear and Present Danger: How Poor Bandwidth Can Hemorrhage Health Care Providers

There is no doubt that many of the most recent, revolutionizing technologies such as cloud computing and smartphones have had a positive impact on the health care sector. In fact, mobility has been one of the most beneficial advancements for physicians and other practitioners in the past several decades, and many of these professionals have demanded the ability to use their smartphones and tablets at the point of care. 

What's more, the cloud computing and big data trends have streamlined information governance and strengthened the overall intelligence of the medical industry on the whole, and these benefits are only expected to intensify in the coming years. However, one of the most important caveats to remember is that poor bandwidth and network capacities can render these technologies completely useless in a relatively short period of time. 

Keep it flexible
Even smaller health care firms will need to contend with highly demanding devices, users and systems in the modern market, but maximizing flexibility through the use of cloud services and enhanced unified communications can be just the solution. Here are several ways in which health care providers can ensure strong performances and avoid disruptions from the bandwidth and network capacity standpoints:

  • Cloud scalability: One of the biggest selling points of cloud computing is the technology's unique scalability, which has not been contended with by virtually any other type of solution. For health care providers, the fluctuation of capacity needs can be erratic from one day to the next, and especially intense when looking at operations for an entire year. Cloud computing can help medical organizations manage these changes in bandwidth needs more fluidly, maximizing spend-efficiency and driving user performances. 
  • EMRs, big data, mobility, oh my!: Electronic medical record systems have likely been the most difficult, but necessary advances in health care technology in the past several years. In accordance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, providers must begin to use these systems. Additionally, the potential to couple the technology with big data analytics and mobility represents a major step in the right direction for patient care and physician performance. However, much higher volumes of information and frequency of access means more strain on networks. Cloud solutions can help ensure that more work does not mean more outages and disruptions. 

By taking a proactive approach to bandwidth needs, such as through projections of where a company's IT will stand a few years down the road, health care providers will be better positioned to excel. 

Topics: Bandwidth and Network