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There is an ongoing and growing volume of health information, device traffic, and video streaming that must be securely transferred through the network. Applications are demanding faster speeds, higher reliability, and more throughout. To keep pace with the surge in data, the healthcare industry is transitioning from dated networking technology to a modern networking platform that can expand capacity and agility as requirements evolve. Every healthcare facility needs to move forward towards these changes to ensure they have the connectivity that they need.

Why is healthcare facility network connectivity so complex?

At any given time a hospital network could be connecting hundreds of different devices from multiple device manufacturers. Healthcare also relies on a number of legacy technologies like telephony and WiFi.

As clinicians practice medicine, they’re faced with various obstacles and barriers, some of which are clinical (e.g. time constraints), others situational (e.g. environment) and still others technical. The most common digital tool that clinicians use in their practices is an electronic health record (EHR), which has been incorporated into 90% of U.S.-based medical offices.

One of the biggest challenges to healthcare networking is a segmented, siloed approach that limits data sharing and places an unnecessary burden on clinicians. It also leaves the door open for network security issues.

Poor network connectivity is a symptom of congested wireless networks, poorly utilized Internet bandwidth, bad signal strength or speed of the connection, and more. If you haven’t already, it’s time to consider the patient and user impact of slow network connectivity. You don’t want cases where doctors have to cancel surgeries or procedures because of poor network connectivity.

Medical device connectivity is already a significant challenge today — and yet, the number of connected medical devices continues to grow. The network will always be the common denominator that supports all digital communication activity.

Efficient, high-performance APs (access points) can be the difference between efficient online services or frustrating dropouts and delays for patients. 

As technology continues to advance and as medical professionals continue to work toward improving patient care, real-time data connectivity has become a fundamental tenet in modern healthcare. The reality is, however, that healthcare organizations today are expected to deal with ever-increasing regulatory challenges, information exchange demands, rising costs, and shrinking budgets. The need for secure and reliable network connectivity is becoming critical for medical facilities.

Carrier Density is the Answer For Healthcare Facilities

One of the best ways to ensure that your healthcare facility has the connectivity it needs is to only choose a colocation data center with the power, reliability, security, and bandwidth you need, but to also choose one that is carrier-dense or has a carrier hotel.

What is a Carrier-Dense Data Center?

Carrier-dense data centers are focused on carrier neutrality first and foremost. That means they are independent, which allows them to work with numerous Tier-1 network providers. These internet service providers have installed their network equipment in the facility and have business services available to colocation tenants. Businesses that utilize these carrier-dense data centers are then able to connect directly with the carrier or carriers of their choice. This leads to your healthcare facility being able to not only choose the internet service provider you want but to also potentially work with multiple providers if needed!

Why You Should Choose a Carrier-Dense Colocation Data Center for Yout Healthcare Facility

  • Data speed and capacity: With carrier-dense data centers, you will be able to control your costs and reliability through bandwidth flexibility.
  • Large geographical reach for data transfers. Due to the competition present in data centers, healthcare facilities have a variety of options when it comes to network providers.
  • Flexibility and support. The infrastructure and staff of carrier-dense centers are able to meet the needs of a healthcare facility during growth.
  • Redundancy and reliability. Large and growing healthcare facilities may opt for more than one carrier, which provides them with reliable options in case of one network’s failure.
  • Peering networks. With carrier-dense data centers, peering networks can be used to share the load, increasing efficiency and reliability. Through efficient, sharing solutions, your healthcare facility saves money and experiences greater speeds and flexibility.

Learn more about how RACK59 can serve your healthcare facility’s connectivity needs by scheduling an in-person or virtual tour today!

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