Research: Healthcare Orgs Struggling with Staffing Shortages, Cybersecurity Threats; Uncovers Critical Need for Network and Technology Upgrades to Ease Pain
April 17, 2023 at 07:05 AM EDT
Study from Extreme and HIMSS Finds Tech Debt is Creating Ripple Effect on Clinical Care and IT Burnout; 25% of Respondents Prioritizing Network Expansion in Top 3 Investments
New research from Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), titled “Emerging from the COVID Pandemic,” conducted in partnership with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), uncovered that several of the major challenges impacting clinical productivity in healthcare, including staffing, budget shortages and cybersecurity threats, may all be symptoms of a larger underlying issue: insufficient investment in technology, specifically network infrastructure, to support the needs of modern healthcare organizations. The survey polled 100 healthcare executives and IT/tech decision-makers in the US.
“Organizations across the healthcare industry are often facing similar hurdles related to staffing shortages, budget constraints and cybersecurity. But as observed in this survey, some organizations are beginning to prioritize improvements to their network so they can increase security, boost the performance of existing applications and devices as well as more easily add new innovative technologies that make staff more efficient, helping eliminate many of the common issues they are reporting,” said Nicole Ramage, Market Intelligence Manager, HIMSS
“Healthcare providers were forced to rapidly adopt new technology over the past several years, and our research shows that this has seriously exacerbated existing tech debt built up by applying band-aid solutions to networks that were never designed to handle thousands of devices, bandwidth-heavy applications or highly active users. The network is a strategic investment when it comes to helping organizations overcome common challenges related to aging infrastructure – including staff efficiency, security and the adoption of new technology. This will help drive the performance of modern healthcare applications to augment clinical productivity, take the burden off IT teams and improve patient care,” said Doug McDonald, Director of Extreme Alliance, Extreme Networks
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McDonald added, “A modern healthcare network supports thousands of devices and applications, from patient portals to heart monitors and MRI machines. AIOps can help IT teams identify and troubleshoot issues such as Wi-Fi outages, Wi-Fi performance, network anomalies and adverse traffic patterns before they cause significant outages or downstream effects on clinical staff. Healthcare organizations looking to improve their security posture should also invest in network fabric solutions, which segment network traffic and prevent lateral attacks in the event of a cybersecurity breach.”
To download the complete survey, visit https://bit.ly/HIMSS-Research-2023. Or, replay the webinar, “Overcoming IT Pain Points to Advance the Clinical Experience,” to learn more about how technology can help healthcare organizations progress patient care and streamline operations.
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