Case Study of St. Luke’s Health Care System

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.

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