We have come a long way from the age of Doctors coming to our homes in horse-drawn carriages. I recently read about Cisco’s healthcare solutions and was interested in how advanced their offering was. If you think about all the technology that goes into a hospital or doctor’s office, there is a ton of technology that makes that happen. Consider these applications:
- Cisco wireless APs connecting doctor and nurse laptops and PDAs
- Cisco wireless APs and switches connecting VoIP phones
- Cisco switches connecting imaging devices for image devices like xray machines with 1GB or 10GB Ethernet
- Routers transmitting patient data to the proper building or office
- Network high-availability features like VRRP, HSRP, routing protocols, and STP keeping the WAN and LAN network up in case of failure – Cisco calls this”the medical grade network”.
There is really no more critical data than the data at a hospital as the patient’s lives are at stake. Additionally, HIPPA has also required and driven many of these technology updates.
Do you use Cisco in a healthcare environment? I am interested in hearing what applications you use – post your comments here.