Read the case study titled “St. Luke’s Health Care System” found at the end of Chapter 14 and linked here as a PDF.
Write a fully developed paper in which you:
Assess the probable difficulties of the IT executives at St. Luke’s view wireless networking as key lever in their quest to increase clinician productivity and improved patient care.
Analyze how the Mobility XE enables the IT department to centrally manage all wireless devices used by clinicians.
Critique the Mobility works solution and recommend one change to the solution to provide better productivity and improved patient care.
Use at least three quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as quality resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Analyze the technologies and architectures that have been developed for networking over shorter distances.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.
A Case Study of St. Luke’s Health Care System
Hospitals have the potentiality of adopting a network connection that best suits the needs of their clients. There are software connections that when adequately utilized yields to the maximum expectations of the hospital needs (Cao, Huang & Zhou, 2013). This paper aims at discussing the pattern of benefits resulting in from the use of Mobility XE, the types of security mechanisms that comply with HIPPA requirements in hospitals and the benefits of adopting VLAN connections in hospitals.
Patterns of Benefits Observed by Users of Mobility XE
Mobility XE users can enjoy the essential benefits that relate to the implementations of optimization networks. These benefits include retaining fast speed network connections that do not depend on the location of the user (Cao, Huang & Zhou, 2013). For instance, St. Luke health care medical personnel can access WIFI when they are at their various homes with a very secure connection. The systems have two adaptive user policies that assist the users in fine-tuning the mobile-based setting with their locations, the network type and the devices used. The security capability of Mobility XE enables users to access WIFI while keeping the connections very safe. The mobility software works by maintaining the wireless devices to access the network without interference from other connected devices that fall under the same range of the network accessibility points (Collins et al. 2017). The mobility server also helps to manage traffic on behalf of the customers. These take place where the users are issued with IP addresses from the central server. Mobility XE servers are encryptions that have advanced network recognition; their firewalls cannot be accessed by devices that are not connected. This gives clients the benefits of enjoying non-congestions in the network.
HIPPA Requirements for Hospital Networks
Some mechanisms concerning the security of the networks are essential for hospitals. This is because complying with health insurance portability, and Accountability Act is all about fulfilling data requirements. Hospitals in this regard must ensure that they maintain the highest levels of integrity and confidence for health records that are kept in electronic formats. The hospitals should highly protect their data transmission through following a procedure that is secure from access by unauthorized personnel. Security of information forms the basis of the hospital’s trust by patients. Therefore, using HIPPA would be the best alternative that safely keeps patients health records (Cao, Huang & Zhou, 2013). The hospital information technology executives should take a lot of precaution when distributing access passwords to the clinicians to avoid access and editing by unauthorized people. The hospital should protect information from impermissible users by ensuring the highest levels of compliance through their workforce. Also, the hospital should find hardware and software that conform to their standards. These will ensure the reduction of risks of E-PHI and control of the system by the IT executives in the hospital. HIPPA requires that information regarding the patients’ medical records be protected from accessibility by people who are not authorized. According to Cao, Huang & Zhou (2013), maintaining high levels of data security is a requirement that should be given priority where the hospital should take charge of the safety of information. Despite the physical challenges, the hospital should highly consider the geographical connections of the clinicians to enable them to access the networks without traffic.
Benefits of Using VLANs in Hospitals
Virtual LAN networks allow system administrators to work in a grouped system on a network switch when not in the same locality. The advantages of VLAN in hospitals is that they are cost effective (MA, XU & LIU, 2010). VLAN allows a single switch to be used in the supply of network access without causing network traffics. VLAN logically separates network traffic and prevents unwanted devices from accessing data on the interface on the virtual area connections. There is an excellent performance of these connections because of the decrease in the congestions. It is worth effortless to manage this kind of network since many features like VLAN Trunk Protocol makes the transfer of VLANs across all physical settings simple (Collins et al. 2017). St. Luke’s hospital enjoys the benefits of improved efficiency from the installation of WLAN, which are as a result of phasing out the Proxim Apps that were replaced with the Cisco AirNet in the hospital.
For the case of St. Luke’s Hospital (www.stlukestexas.com), the hospital can provide wireless connections through adopting VLANs. The information technology executives of the hospital can choose a system that can meet the demands of their clients as well as their network needs. Mobile EKG is deployed by bringing 1,000 devices together and could be used without network traffic. Similarly, St Luke’s information technology department should be in a position to organize and centrally manage many appliances that are used by the nurses and clinicians. The devices that are not recognized by the Mobility XE servers cannot access the patient’s data, which is a beneficial method of maintaining data protection and security.
In conclusion, adopting a secure VLAN connection provides hospitals with opportunities for managing their client’s data access through controlled physical challenges that may affect the security of patient’s data negatively. During installations of network connections, the hospital has the liability of ensuring that the network adopted provides accurate speed and has less connection traffics.
Cao, F., Huang, H. K., & Zhou, X. Q. (2013). Medical image security in a HIPAA mandated PACS environment. Computerized medical imaging and graphics, 27(2), 185-196.
Collins, J., Cease, H., Izzo, S., Liu, Z., Nudell, J., & Preissner, C. (2017, June). Preliminary Design of the Magnet Support and Alignment Systems for the Apps-U Storage Ring. In 9th Edition of the Mechanical Engineering Design of Synchrotron Radiation Equipment and Instrumentation Conf. (MEDSI’16), Barcelona, Spain, September 11 16, 2016 (pp. 87-89). JACOW, Geneva, Switzerland.
MA, X. K., XU, X. D., & LIU, A. B. (2010). Organization and implementation of VLAN division in hospital [J]. Chinese Medical Equipment Journal, 4, 019.