In healthcare, there are no days off. There is no downtime. There can be no outages. Every floor of a hospital, every wing, every clinical department needs staff. Lives depend on monitoring vital signs and responding to alarms. As we continue the steady move towards a digital world where in-room devices provide real-time information regarding the health of a patient, the network, too, must deliver 100% uptime.
Yet, providing network services to applications and devices for use by clinicians isn't just an act of wiring switches and access points together, a tremendous amount of planning must go into designing a network that will be resilient, ever ready to respond when doctors and nurses need it most.
Redundancy is not Enough
There was once a time when having a backup was sufficient. Organizations could get away with having a Plan B in the form of redundant network and call it a day, but as the network expands and care is distributed closer to the patient's home, the number of ways small outages in various areas of the network could create ripple effects that hinder care demand that healthcare organizations deliver more.
Colin Summers, Director of Network Services, OSF HealthCare talked about how the need for critical uptime required greater resiliency planning in a recent webinar. Hear how resiliency efforts on the network enabled automation capabilities that improved operational efficiency during medical emergencies.