The healthcare industry is undergoing a transformation. Faced with mounting pressures to reduce costs while improving the overall quality of care, healthcare organizations worldwide are increasingly turning to information technology to help address business and technical challenges.
In order to make prolific changes in the healthcare delivery system, technology must be utilized to augment the current caregiver model. By creating a connected healthcare ecosystem—an integrated and interoperable system of patients, healthcare providers, financiers, and support organizations—information can be exchanged more effectively among all key stakeholders.
The Cisco® Medical-Grade Network framework is a network design optimized for the healthcare environment, providing the foundation required to create a connected healthcare ecosystem. By providing an industry-specific framework that maps clinical and business needs to technology solutions, the Cisco Medical-Grade Network meets healthcare’s unique needs for interoperability, security, availability, productivity, and flexibility.
The Cisco Medical-Grade Network Providing a Foundation for a Connected Healthcare Ecosystem
Unlike the healthcare environment of several decades ago, where a patient’s various illnesses were treated by a single physician, today’s patient and their medical and clinical information are seen and shared by many healthcare entities. To help power all parts of this new healthcare world, a connected healthcare ecosystem is needed—where networked resources of data, information, knowledge, and processes are all parts of the connected healthcare world.
The first step for many healthcare organizations is to take advantage of technology to create a platform where information can be collected and exchanged electronically. The Cisco Medical-Grade Network creates the foundation technology from which this information can be disseminated within the hospital or healthcare system. By interconnecting independent healthcare entities that are now technology-enabled by the Cisco Medical-Grade Network, Cisco supports the transformation of healthcare with the connected healthcare ecosystem.
The Cisco Medical-Grade Network helps create collaborative relationships among all members of the connected healthcare ecosystem, enabling a connected healthcare community through interoperable processes, technology, and people to provide ‘anywhere, anytime’ information. While the benefits of connectivity may be different for each segment of the health community, the benefits to the patient are the same: the delivery of safe, affordable, and accessible healthcare. In the end, it is simply about connecting people to enable access to critical health information anywhere and at any time.
The Cisco Medical-Grade Network provides an optimized framework for the healthcare industry meeting healthcare’s unique needs for interoperability, security, availability, productivity and flexibility. Recognizing that every healthcare institution has different needs—whether it is a hospital, a clinic, or an academic facility—the Cisco Medical-Grade Network provides a framework that defines network strategies and policies that are purpose-built for each environment. By building networks within the organization that meet the unique security, availability, and flexibility needs, the stage has been set to expand the organization’s reach into the connected healthcare ecosystem.
Cisco Medical-Grade Network’s end-to-end framework is built specifically for the healthcare industry, providing integration and interoperability at each functional area to optimize interactions among healthcare participants, processes, applications, and hardware components. Healthcare applications are generally complex and many large healthcare systems boast more than 300 different applications. With the Cisco Medical-Grade Network, diverse business and clinical communications are facilitated and integrated across the continuum of care.