Health IT (health information technology)

Health IT Is the area of IT involving the design, development, creation, use and maintenance of information systems for the healthcare industry. Automated and interoperable healthcare information systems are expected to enhance medical care, lower costs, increase efficiency, reduce error and improve patient satisfaction, while also optimizing reimbursement for ambulatory and inpatient healthcare providers


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80% of healthcare facilities employ travelling nurses, and that doctors today are more like independent contractors working at multiple hospitals in their local regions? Combined with the lurching growth of connected devices (BYOD and IoT), tougher regulations, and increasing competition, healthcare IT teams are faced with some serious security threats.

Challenging Task IT has to deal with

  • BYOD
  • IoT
  • Device misuse by employees and guests
  • Lost devices and passwords
  • New security threats like ransomware

How to address these challenges? The solution is by deploying the right network access control solution. No matter what brand of product you go with, the right network access control solution should come with specific capabilities. Here are four different circumstances and how hospital IT team can use network access control to make sure their hospital’s network is set-up for success.

Managing Workers Access

In the hospital environment, each user’s role needs to be clearly defined, from internal administrators to front desk receptionists and physicians; these roles need to be established to define their access to internal resources on the network.

It’s critical that hospital IT staff have the ability to control access to these resources by:

  • User/role
  • Device
  • Location

Managing BYOD

Odds are you’re going to have massive users who want access to your network, and no matter who they are you need the capability to differentiate between them by role, device, and location. Again, using this contextual data, you can create pre-defined policies to impose variety of things on your network, including:

  • Who can on-board their BYOD device
  • What type of access they can have
  • How many devices they can on-board
  • What types of devices they can on-board

What location(s) they can access your network from

The right solution needs to have strong validation capabilities and a very simple, easy to use portal for the best possible experience. This means using certificates to allow your users to avoid having to remember passwords and potentially losing them as well as having easy to use guest portals.

Managing IoT

Do you know how many connected devices there are in the average hospital room besides smartphones and other personal devices? On average, you can find up to 15 other types of connected devices, and all of them pose a security threat if left unsecured. IoT devices need to be accounted for and observed at all times, just like every other device on your network. You need to have the ability to create custom fingerprints for IoT devices, securing IoT devices as a priority.

Managing Compliance

IT needs the ability to guarantee all devices on the hospital wireless network are HIPAA compliant by encrypting storage of patient information on every single connected device, and let’s not forget secure archiving of that data as well.

Enforcing both encryption and automating patches, hotfixes, and anti-virus/spyware updates should also be included.


Finish Line

Managing both mobility and access on your hospital Wi-Fi network are critical pieces to your hospital’s overall IT strategy. With today’s hospitals being multi-vendor IT environments, any NAC solution you deploy should integrate with all of the different parts of your infrastructure system to help strengthen your existing investments.

As modern healthcare continues to evolve and become increasingly connected, success depends more and more on the ability of IT to oversee, secure and manage everyone and every device on the network.