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Global Pandemic Sheds Light on Pressing Need for Cloud Networking in Healthcare

Lauren Farah Manager, Vertical Solutions Marketing Published 8 May 2020

As healthcare continues to grapple with the complexities created by the global COVID-19 pandemic, fundamental technology requirements have emerged in order to get ahead of the next curveball.  

This current state of affairs only adds to the growing list of challenges facing the industry today:

  • The consumerization of patient care: demand for more choice, control, and perks
  • Interoperability: improving patient data access and exchange
  • Increasing cybersecurity risks: heightened by extended and remote patient care
  • Evolving government and compliance requirements
  • Operational costs, budget constraints, and profitability expectations
  • Seamless remote networking required for testing, triage, and care sites
  • Preparing for the new normal in a post-COVID-19 world
  • And the list goes on and on

Healthcare organizations are in a constant state of change and progress, and must look to their network as a foundation to effectively adapt to the dynamic demands of the industry.

The time is now. Healthcare is ready for cloud infrastructure.

In fact, our Extreme Networks 2020 cloud survey found that 98% of healthcare organizations are already hosting at least one solution in the cloud. This includes email platforms, workforce management and scheduling software, electronic medical records (EMR/EHR), patient entertainment systems, and medical devices.

And while only 14% of healthcare organizations leverage cloud management today, 41% have plans to move their infrastructure management into the cloud in the next 1-5 years.

So, why should healthcare organizations develop their cloud infrastructure management strategies now?

  • Lower infrastructure management costs
  • Ease of interoperability, system integration, and data exchange, including remote accessibility of data for remote care and telemedicine capabilities
  • Flexibility and scalability as organizations grow and expand across hospitals, medical centers, clinics, extended care facilities, and more
  • Intelligent analytics and AI/ML powered insights for proactive business and operational decisions
  • Increased network reliability (100% uptime, to be exact, for Extreme Networks ExtremeCloud IQ) necessary for a 24/7/365 healthcare environment

Of course, not all cloud infrastructures are created equal. Extreme Networks is dedicated to the complex requirements specific to healthcare environments. ExtremeCloud IQ is a clinical-grade infrastructure management solution delivering the reliability, scalability, security, compliance, and intelligence that patient critical healthcare networks need to take on the abrupt and evolving industry demands.  

See for yourself! Watch this ExtremeCloud IQ in action video.

 

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