With budgets and resources becoming ever tighter, the healthcare industry, in common with many others, is undergoing a significant digital transformation. Advances in digital technology are proving to be a great benefit, enabling health care providers to do more with less.

The ability to securely access a patient’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and their diagnostic test results in real time, from virtually any device, regardless of location, is now largely taken for granted. Not only does it improve a health care provider’s operational efficiency, but it can also allow for more accurate diagnoses and inform a patient’s ongoing treatment plan.

The impact of outages

Any issues with services and applications that may arise from challenges around network and infrastructure complexity and siloed, multi-vendor technologies can have a knock-on effect on a healthcare provider’s ability to deliver high-quality patient care.  A delay in accessing information such as appointment times, medical images, diagnostic data or drug interactions, for example, can have a negative impact on a patient’s journey through the healthcare system

The ongoing digital transformation of the industry, and the adoption of IoT technology in particular, has certainly improved the speed and safe delivery of high-quality health care. Due to the ongoing development of digital technologies however, and in the face of a constant and growing threat to network performance from malicious outsiders, there has never been a more critical need for comprehensive visibility and robust service and security assurance.

 

This article originally appeared on networkworld.com.  To read the full article, click here.