The Benefits of Managed Network Services to Medical PracticesFebruary 2, 2012
Small and medium-sized medical practices that remain hesitant about Managed Network Services are not realizing the value or the peace of mind that comes with having this service. Some of the advantages of using a Managed Network Services provider that specializes in health IT include better cost control and a more comprehensive and up-to-date IT infrastructure that’s dependable, stable, and allows medical practices to comply with regulatory compliances.
Medical practices that choose the right Managed Network Services provider can expect to reap the following five benefits:
Managed Network Services help control costs.
In today’s healthcare environment, it’s important to be as cost-effective as possible. Especially in health IT, where unbridled or poorly managed systems cost is extremely high, it’s essential to have a system that works within a budget but doesn’t compromise on quality. Managed Network Services is the most feasible and practical way to accomplish that, especially in the long term.
Managed Network Services help medical practices deal with increasingly complex health IT solutions.
With both hardware and software components of health IT systems constantly evolving, medical practices with limited budgets may very well find themselves left behind over time. But with Managed Network Services, medical practices are able to enjoy the advantages of the latest health IT solutions at a fraction of the cost – enabling the practice to provide the best possible care to their patients.
Managed Network Services gives medical practices a better, more dependable IT infrastructure.
Especially for smaller medical practices, it can be tedious and expensive to maintain an in-house IT staff. Not to mention that medical practices run the risk of stretching resources too thinly, which can compromise the quality and output of the IT department. Managed Network Services allow the practice to have a stable, responsive, and dependable IT arm that’s dedicated to meeting the specific needs of the practice in a cost-effective manner.
Managed Network Services provides proactive performance and availability monitoring
24×7 Availability Monitoring and Performance Monitoring is included as part of the Managed Network Services suite. 24×7 Availability Monitoring provides real-time alerts when a critical device has lost connectivity, thus affecting the practice ability to deliver care to patients. Performance monitoring allows the ability to view and analyze the performance metrics of the practice IT infrastructure over time, including CPU utilization, memory utilization, disk usage, network utilization and others. These metrics provide the ability to understand when hardware is ready to fail, before it happens, further shortening the amount of downtime the practice experiences.
Managed Network Services help medical practices maintain compliance
Maintaining HIPAA regulatory compliance with regards to the security of patient records and patient privacy is of critical importance for all medical practices. It’s Managed Network Services that helps medical practices not only fully understand all the requirements under HIPAA, but to also be in compliance with all of the requirements.