How SD-WAN Helps the Healthcare Sector

How SD-WAN Helps the Healthcare Sector

Enterprise Networking Mag | Saturday, April 03, 2021

The healthcare companies are increasingly adopting SD-WAN networking solutions to ensure patient data is transmitted safely and efficiently. 

FREMONT, CA: The advantages of state-of-the-art networking solutions is not always open to healthcare organizations. If hospitals and medical centres want to offer their patients the best care, network transformation is necessary. Such a dilemma leaves several IT leaders struggling to make it all work, particularly when there is little time and resources to fundamentally transform the network.

Conventional WAN networks cannot effectively help healthcare providers depend on connected medical devices and have different locations. To ensure that patient data is transmitted efficiently and safely, healthcare providers should consider shifting to a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN).

Reliability

Medical teams cannot access electronic health records (EHRs) or exchange patient data during diagnosis and care if a network is down or experience congestion. It can even hinder the feedback received from remote working experts during critical medical procedures and surgeries.

SD-WAN can help increase resiliency and stability as it offers network redundancy. Preventing outages reduces the risk posed by network downtime for patients. SD-WAN solutions even have built-in instruments, like load sharing and link balancing, that enhance business continuity. The SD-WAN software reduces outages by enabling automatic fail-over.

Efficiency

For health professionals, SD-WAN creates both operational and cost-effectiveness. If hospitals and medical centres want to offer accessible healthcare without compromising quality, productivity is essential.

With SD-WAN, the program automates several operations, ensuring that the network adapts to follow the evolving requirements. Network traffic has been rising since the pandemic, taxing bandwidth. Traffic can be diverted with SD-WAN, and loads can be balanced so that essential apps can run efficiently.

Security and Compliance

The healthcare sector is highly regulated because hospitals treat confidential and personally identifiable information. Hackers can use stolen healthcare records to conduct insurance fraud and identity theft.

By automating several procedures, SD-WAN assists in maintaining HIPAA compliance and data protection. SD-WAN has security features built-in, like prevention and detection of intrusions. Security policies can be adjusted to improve traffic segmentation and user authentication. It is possible to prevent internal users from visiting dangerous websites or downloading malware.

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