Cisco® Medical Grade Network (MGN)

Helping Transform Healthcare

Healthcare organizations worldwide are turning to information technology to cope with mounting pressures to reduce costs and improve quality and safety. Today, a patient receives treatment from multiple physicians and clinics, creating the need for medical and clinical information to be shared securely among many healthcare entities. To provide the framework for this new healthcare world, a connected healthcare ecosystem is needed—where networked resources of medical information, knowledge support, and process optimization are all parts of the system. They are using technology to create an integrated system of care that connects patients, clinicians, payers, and support organizations so that all key stakeholders can exchange information more effectively.

The Cisco MGN provides the industry-specific framework required to meet healthcare’s unique needs for interoperability, security, availability, productivity, and flexibility.

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Importance of Wireless in Healthcare

It is widely recognized throughout the world that healthcare has one of the most mobile workforce with an incredible dependency on collaborative communication. Coupling the highly mobile and communicative nature with the need to be consistently connected to backend clinical systems and one can quickly conclude that wireless technology is a must have in all acute patient care environments.

Cisco wireless products are endorsed by the American HGealy AssociationCaregivers are not alone when it comes to the need for mobility within the healthcare setting. Many disparate clinical and robotic systems along with bio-medical devices require continuous and secure network connectivity. Again, because these devices are highly mobile, Cisco's wireless technologies provide the needed connectivity in a manner consistent with the high expectations that exist within the medical community. Cisco's wireless networking products have the exclusive endorsement of American Health Association (AHA).

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Security Architecture

2009 Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey found that security is one of the top three concerns for healthcare CIOs. Security requirements include regulatory compliance, theft and identity protection, and secure applications access. There are multiple ways in which networks can be designed to meet the security requirements of organizations. The Cisco MGN uses an architectural approach to address the requirements associated with securing clinical systems and devices, biomedical devices/servers, IT endpoints, and their associated applications. The Cisco MGN architecture is based on a set of best practices that apply to each foundational network technology.

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Campus Design Architecture

Healthcare providers, including acute and ambulatory care facilities, posses a diverse and unique set of endpoints, clinical devices/systems, applications and regulatory requirements that are very different than the standard enterprise facility. These unique requirements influences the design decisions that the healthcare campus architect will be required to make.

Multiple technologies are required/combined to create healthcare network infrastructure. These technologies are often deployed independently of one another, which lead to disjointed capabilities, configuration conflicts, and management challenges. Ideally, each of these technologies should integrate into a cohesive network platform capable of delivering network services that are protected, resilient, responsive, and interactive, as discussed above. It is the interconnection and combination of these technologies that provide value and enable clinical and business capabilities in the healthcare campus environment.

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