Healthcare networks and devices are becoming significantly more complex, presenting a growing challenge for the IT staff supporting them. Rather than thinking solely in terms of device counts and bandwidth, organizations must now reassess their approach to medical device support and rethink how best to apply business intelligence to the network.
For some IT departments, medical device support is new territory. Best practices formerly included placing all medical devices on a single VLAN protected by a firewall. However, this process is outdated due to a number of factors including:
- Failure to restrict and track internal access by employees, contractors and manufacturer maintenance personnel
- Risk of misconfiguration of one medical device type impacting others