The networks of yesterday are not built to support the growing demands of the modern-day healthcare organization. Not only is equipment becoming increasingly more sophisticated and IoT-driven but providing care to those in remote locations via unified communications tools or accessing cloud-based patient records are changing network requirements.
PHI is highly sensitive, making it extremely value and sought after by hackers who will do anything to get the data. This requires a stringent security profile across all connected network nodes and locations.
Care is increasingly provided in branch locations such as clinics and medication obtained at connected pharmacies. All must adhere to the same HIPAA requirement as primary care offices, which requires a reliable and secure network connection.
Telehealth is growing in adoption to facilitate a virtual connection between provider and patient using bandwidth intensive video conferencing services, which requires a high quality of service (QoS). These services leverage cloud applications to deliver access to electronic medical records (EMR) and sharing high-resolution images.
Payment for healthcare services is often required in advance, and for those paying electronically, this requires a securely network-connected payment device or ATM, which adheres to PCI DSS compliance regulations.
Providing healthcare today is much more than making a diagnosis or prescribing medication. The advancements in medicine, the increase in regulations to protect patient and doctor, and the digitization of the entire process requires a scalable, secure, uninterrupted and bandwidth-flexible healthcare IT network.
SD-WAN centralizes the monitoring, visibility, and cloud control to enable zero-touch branch deployment across distributed locations. IT personnel can manage all network traffic and applications and remediate from a central location rather than having to visit remote sites.
SD-WAN segments traffic end-to-end to isolate various types and meet compliance requirements. IT managers have full control over traffic isolation (via VRF) by custom segments (voice, data, HIPAA, PCI, etc.) that can be applied by site type via established profile templates. This ensures that IoT and OT traffic is separated from EMR traffic, for example, and corporate access separate from guest Internet access across all locations in the network.
A stateful and context-aware (application, user, device) integrated firewall delivers granular control of micro-applications and support for protocol-hopping applications. The secure firewall service can segregate voice, video, data, and compliance traffic. Additionally, SD-WAN integrates seamlessly with best-in-class security vendors, so healthcare organizations can easily implement the security profile of their choice.
Healthcare organizations can quickly deploy new sites with zero-touch deployment. SD-WAN edges placed in each primary and remote location automatically authenticate, connect, and receive configuration instructions with the centralized management portal once connected to the Internet.
“Segmentation of network traffic, and simple and secure VPN are key requirements for our healthcare network. The introduction of SD-WAN helps us significantly reduce manual effort to configure and maintain our network and instead focus on providing quality of service, reliable connectivity and reduced cost of operations.”
-- Curtis McEwen,
Senior Network Engineer, Saber Healthcare