Infotech Lead America: More than 30 healthcare organizations in the U.S. have implemented Bradford Networks’ Network Sentry solution to address security issues.
Bradford Networks’ healthcare customers include: Columbia University Medical Center; Medical University of South Carolina; Methodist Health System; NHS Trust; Norwalk Hospital; Parkland Health & Hospital System; Royal Brompton Hospital; Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMH); Southampton University Hospitals; Susquehanna Health and Union Hospital Health Group.
Challenges faced by healthcare organizations are unique. They need to protect patient data and other confidential material, while delivering patient care and complying with industry regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health).
Move to electronic media records (EMR) and the usage of personal devices and medical equipment on the network are also prompting hospitals to secure information.
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, a full-service health system with more than 4,000 employees and 1,000 volunteers that require network access, selected Bradford’s Network Access Control (NAC) solution to provide quick, convenient and secure network access for hospital-owned iPads used by clinicians and other staff, while allowing guest access only for personal iPads and mobile devices.
“While iPads and other mobile devices are an important component to providing convenience and accessibility to clinicians and staff, this cannot come at the expense of security or compliance,” said John Bozer, director of information systems for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.
The Bradford solution enables the healthcare center to provide convenient network access for personal devices while achieving compliance with industry regulations such as HIPAA and HITECH.
Bradford’s Network Sentry NAC solution enables secure network access for iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices. The solution is designed to locate and track IP-enabled medical devices to ensure they remain secure, while securing guest and wireless networks to accommodate the increasing number of mobile devices used by administrators, clinicians, patients and visitors.
“While healthcare organizations are eager to realize the benefits of EMR and the convenience of personal devices on the network, they need to be able to ensure that patient records remain secure and compliance requirements are met,” said Tom Murphy, chief marketing officer, Bradford Networks.