Network Connectivity: The Most Valuable Tool for Your Healthcare Organization

The saying goes that if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. In a hospital setting, your primary resources (or “tools”) are doctors and nurses, yet if you try to address all aspects of patient care with medical professionals alone, patient care will suffer. Instead, hospitals must implement innovative technology tools to solve more healthcare issues, i.e., hit more nails on the head. In this regard, the most valuable technological resource a hospital can deploy is stellar network connectivity.

Indeed, access to fast and reliable Internet or Ethernet services in the healthcare industry has the potential to transform healthcare. Consider a 2015 study released by West Health Institute that revealed that 60 percent of the nurses polled felt medical errors could be significantly reduced with better device coordination. Not only does improved connectivity safeguard patient well-being, it helps healthcare providers save money too. In fact, the study went on to link these errors to $30 billion in annual costs to the U.S. healthcare system. (more…)

In a World of Big, Why Smaller is Sometimes Better

Remember the 2011 “BIG BIG BIG” smart automobile commercial? The 30-second clip paints a picture of a world where everything seemingly good is big. From news anchors to celebrities to boardroom executives, the public is gripped by the tantalizing concept of things being larger in size. This world is swayed into thinking that bigger is better until one brave employee utters the word “small” during a team meeting—then everything changes.

 

Although the commercial is focused on an automobile, it seems to reflect the current state of the Internet service provider market. We live in a world where a handful of traditional ISPs dominate the connectivity landscape. These corporations may collectively own majority market share, but that doesn’t mean they are the be-all end-all for consumers. In actuality, there are a number of smaller ISPs that provide high value solutions that may better meet the needs of an organization—all at just a fraction of the cost with better customer support.

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