Out-of-Band Management Best Practices in the Healthcare Industry

July 21, 2021

Written by Uplogix

HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) that Congress passed in the 1990s implemented legislation reformed health care transactions and administrative information systems. Individuals, organizations, or companies who maintain or transmit health records must:

  • Establish technical safeguards to ensure integrity and confidentiality of data
  • Protect against any security threats
  • Provide a reliable network infrastructure

Health care organizations must comply with these stringent data standards when storing patient information electronically and transmitting it digitally. Medical networks need security, reliability, and dependability for medical professionals to access the proper records at just the right time all the time. Enterprise Healthcare providers need a robust network infrastructure that does not fail. Monitoring and managing these networks are vital for meeting compliance requirements while having the ability to transfer sensitive information between various healthcare environments. The pressure of monitoring and managing this critical data falls directly on the shoulders of IT Network administrators. That technical team must ensure that servers supplying mission-critical applications are functioning correctly and providing the entire infrastructure of healthcare organization with faultless access to its systems.

 Healthcare networks have become more dispersed and complex, making systems harder to maintain. Network management personnel must work on various infrastructures, leading to downtime for networks if not adequately supported by qualified individuals. Qualified engineers utilizing their time for on-site service calls also leads to inefficiencies when it comes down to expanding upon an already widespread infrastructure that needs continual maintenance.

Most environments in the enterprise healthcare are also deployed over various locations, yet regardless of how widely distributed the network infrastructure is, the expectations remain high to maintain both the availability and performance of the healthcare providers' network. In addition, the healthcare industry utilizes many different mission-critical platforms, and it has become increasingly difficult to find technical experts with the necessary skill sets or resources to administer such systems. Dispatching high-end technical help is not the best use case for that individual. As the healthcare industry evolves and technology changes at a lightning-fast pace, hospitals are looking for ways to keep up with change while still providing reliable, sustainable systems. Out-of-band network technologies can help them do just this; they allow organizations to stay connected when primary networks fail.

Long story short, the largest benefit of deploying out-of-band management in a healthcare network is HIPAA compliance through secure access. This way, you can be certain that only the right people have the right access to your network infrastructure. An advanced out-of-management platform will provide your organization with the ability to document and account for all interactions with network gear.

Out-of-band management allows for continuous monitoring and automated responses, plus secure remote access for hands-on human work when required. Your organization can efficiently manage your most mission-critical distributed networks 24/7, 365 days a year.

Over the past 18 months, the healthcare industry has been the largest, fastest-growing industry in the US. For information on how out-of-band management can help with your network, please visit us at uplogix.com.

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