Pandemic Has Increased Demands On Healthcare Networks

Healthcare IT Today

Anne Zieger

Driven by major changes in IT demands, providers are seeing a greater need for network resilience and security, a new study concludes. This includes the need to tackle soaring demand for the bandwidth needed to provide virtual services.

The survey, which was conducted by IDG and co-sponsored by Masergy and Fortinet, surveyed IT leaders working in hospitals, primary and urgent care centers, pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare entities. It was designed to examine how pandemic-driven changes such as increases in telemedicine use and a shift to remote work have impacted networks within these organizations.

It found that these forces have increased healthcare companies’ demands for network resiliency, cloud security and integrated approaches to address these problems.

Researchers found that 95% of respondents saw an increase in network traffic since March 2020, driven by services such as virtual doctor visits, pop-up clinics, and new work-from-home requirements. Ninety-two percent reported that they...

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