The healthcare industry has always been turbulent, with new patients coming through the doors of different healthcare facilities daily with different needs and expectations. On top of staffing shortages and a global pandemic, hospitals and clinics worldwide are struggling to keep up. Třinec Hospital in the Czech Republic was no exception to this and was in serious need of a digital makeover that would keep operations running smoothly.
Třinec Hospital has around 800 employees and 370 beds. It is a critical health facility for over 35,000 citizens in the surrounding area, so with the global pandemic and outdated systems, they were afraid they wouldn’t be able to meet the new level of demand from their patients. Their IT department was managing multiple subscriptions across several locations and over 1,000 devices ranging from something as small as a guest’s smartphone to as large and critical as an MRI machine.
Třinec was facing serious IT concerns amidst the pandemic. They were utilizing a multi-vendor network which helped in many ways but also proved to the head of the ICT at Třinec that they needed a better way to control their network infrastructure. Some of their infrastructures had no management system at all, while others were only specific to certain equipment. Třinec needed a centralized network management tool that would give them better visibility of all of the connected devices and insight into their network while leveraging their existing hardware.
Třinec turned to Extreme Networks to solve their tech crisis since they have already had a good experience with some of the Extreme’s Summit switches in their facilities that have been there for close to 20 years and based on their experience with Extreme so far, they knew they could trust them to help modernize their network management. Extreme brought in their award-winning ExtremeCloud IQ Site Engine that would help Třinec manage all devices whether they were Extreme’s products, a competitor’s device, or even if they aren’t cloud-native.
But what sold the small IT team at Třinec? The head of the ICT department, Tomáš Walach, explained that “The solution not only was able to provide us task automation, access control, and granular visibility with real-time analytics, it also combined it with efficient device management across vendors for a complete picture of our network, making it a perfect choice for a dense and diverse environment like ours” and listed the following reasons:
“We are very happy that we could approach Třinec Hospital’s needs with a multi-vendor solution, leveraging the current hardware while facilitating future investments. It shows that instead of an immediate ‘rip and replace,’ health facilities can cost-effectively extend the life of their existing network infrastructure – an extremely helpful ability in these difficult pandemic times”, Michal Zlesak, Sales Director Central & South Eastern Europe at Extreme Networks, concludes.
All of these upgrades and Třinec’s digital transformation aren’t over yet! They are looking into future upgrades such as Fabric switches for more network simplification, automated changes and network segmentation options, and new Wi-Fi 6 access points.