Few industries fundamentally impact lives as much as the healthcare sector. That’s why the promise of a secure, agile, information-sharing infrastructure designed for healthcare professionals is especially personal, practical, and valuable.
Imagine how secure, mobile access to your medical records could speed care and reduce risks. Imagine that the medical professionals involved in emergency care you need when far from home could collaborate via high-definition video conferencing and real-time information sharing to provide immediate and appropriate treatment. And that your insurance carrier is hooked in as well, so payment is assured and there is no delay in treatment and reimbursement.
The value of a network that enables these capabilities is unprecedented and undeniable. And it’s almost a reality. The mobility, communications, and collaboration mechanisms are in place. The potentially weak link is the underlying network infrastructure.
Networks are at the foundation of health information technology solutions, much like the heart and circulatory system are for the human body. Without a reliable network, we simply cannot survive. It delivers the blood and oxygen—the information we need—at the point of care.
Today’s networks are commonly built on static, proprietary, hardware-centric architectures. Healthcare networks are no different. But while these architectures have remained static, the technologies riding them have been evolving fast. Virtualization. Cloud. Flash-enabled storage. Even databases have evolved to take advantage of open standards and protocols.
The healthcare industry now runs the risk of modernizing its operations on antiquated infrastructures that won’t stand up to the rigors and realities of today’s healthcare processes. And the potential failures go far beyond the inconvenience of slow response time from a patient portal. Consider a network failure during a procedure in which the surgeon is relying on network-based images. Suddenly we go from “not good” to “unacceptable.”
Reviving Healthcare Networks
The healthcare industry must transition to an open, software-driven network design that can support service levels that drive positive patient outcomes. And certainly Brocade is a leader in that “New IP” universe. Our standards-based solutions reduce vendor lock-in to allow for choice and flexibility. Applications, compute, storage, and the network all work seamlessly and transparently to deliver services on-demand with the highest quality user experience, while assuring regulatory compliance. And we support your transition to the New IP at your pace and on your terms.
As network technology evolves, we have comfort in knowing that Brocade solutions are SDN-ready, giving us a platform for longevity, where we can continually innovate for enhanced care delivery.
But beyond all that, we recognize the unique attributes and challenges of an industry where lives can literally depend on your infrastructure. So we’re developing a series of platforms for healthcare providers, based on reference architectures for campus and data center networks in small, medium, and large facilities. All of the reference architectures will fall under the umbrella of the Brocade patient-centered network. And by starting with these architectures, healthcare providers, payers, and life sciences organizations will be better able to build networks that meet their specific requirements.
Healthcare providers: Value is the byword. Accountable care, patient-centered medical homes and bundled payments all point to providers becoming rigorously organized around cost and quality. Achieving value requires delivering high levels of service that patients now expect through network reliability, cost control, and adherence to open standards that empower collaboration.
Payers: As the healthcare emphasis shifts from volume to value, payers are adjusting their business models to better manage the continuum of care by identifying at risk populations to provide better coverage, discovering fraudulent activities to reduce costs, and quickly processing valid claims. Reaching these goals requires simplification and seamless integration into existing systems and processes to ensure a consistent member engagement experience and accurate, timely data exchange.
Life sciences: Data sharing is now driving innovation within the life sciences, as pharmaceutical and biotech research is ushering in a bigger revolution in personal medicine. With closer collaboration happening between pharmaceuticals, biotech and providers, new data-driven models are focused on engaging the consumer. As clinical development and compliance processes have become more complex, high performance, scalable and automated functions are vital to improving the speed relative to time to market.
Even with their different nuances of focus, these audiences share one primary goal: improve patient outcomes. That’s our priority, too. Our solutions empower organizations to improve lives through patient-focused, open, economical services that enable safe, simplified, integrated and robust communication, collaboration, and information exchange.
THE BROCADE PATIENT-CENTERED NETWORK
Brocade’s patient-centered network is initiated as a “philosophy” that starts with a careful review of patient requirements at all levels of the healthcare process in order to determine what network architecture can best enable a quality, cost-effective patient care solution, rather than simply by deploying a predefined “medical-grade” network reference architecture within the enterprise.
Patient-centered networks enable IT to become more relevant to users and to be in control of its resources, and better able manage change and increase business agility. IT becomes a key enabler of quality patient care services, rather than a provider of technologies.
Enables seamless, patient-centered network services
Delivers the highest level of availability
Provides scalability, simplification, and automation
Reduces costs through industry’s lowest acquisition cost and TCO
Offers a “pay-as-you-go” acquisition model
Utilizes open, standards-based technologies
Improves business continuity and disaster recovery
Enhances data protection and secure mobility
Brocade products turn Possibilities into realities. Through industry transition and technology evolution. For large and small businesses, service providers, and the public sector. Our proven data and storage network fabrics, state-of-the-art virtual devices, management tools, and open approach are ready to support your success.
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