The healthcare organization should engage a trusted partner for the journey and work with them to determine its network vision. This partner should help the organization assess its current network capabilities, then contemplate how all aspects of its new network should be delivered in a flexible, scalable manner (NaaS), including:
- Cloud-based connection services (one-to-many cloud service providers)
- Hybrid connectivity and Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD WAN)
- Virtual Network Services
- Next generation Wireless Limited Area Network (WLAN or Wi-Fi)
- Visibility services
The partner should then help the organization design an implementation plan based on its priorities and financing approach. Finally, the partner should help build the network the organization envisioned, then operate and maintain it.
Because a partner will play such a critical role in the journey to Connected Healthcare, a healthcare organization should choose wisely. These are the critical characteristics to consider:
- Can the partner address all six of the aspects of NaaS outlined above?
- Can the partner deliver an end-to-end solution, providing all components of all six aspects?
- Does the partner have significant experience delivering the solution and a reputation for excellence?
Since a Connected Healthcare network will be the foundation for the organization to deliver truly connected healthcare, a trusted partner is a must. In finding and working with this partner, the organization will be able to address concerns about access, cost, and quality and empower the organization to pursue healthcare that embodies 4P medicine; medicine that is truly predictive, preventative, personalized, and participative.
In our next article, we will examine specific NaaS technologies that can help healthcare organizations move forward from a basic network, to efficient, enhanced, and then truly innovative, flexible, and scalable, requiring less equipment, triggering fewer incidents, and easing the burdens of monitoring, incident response, and administration. Also, we will delve into some of the healthcare use cases that can be achieved at each of these points along the journey, with an aim toward efficient 4P medicine.
The author, Brett Barganz is a Solutions Executive, for Connected Healthcare, at Verizon. Brett has expertise in leading public service organizations through their visions of change, especially technology transformation for Network as a Service and Connected Healthcare.