Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 28, 2010
A new white paper from BizTechReports explores the role of wide area network (WAN) optimization in the federal health care environment. The quality of IT services on which federal health service providers depend directly impacts a broad cross section of Americans. Military service members and their families, as well as qualified veterans, make up a significant proportion of federal health care patients, and the realities of the military and veteran patient population illustrate the challenges faced by federal health care and services providers. Military and veteran health care serves millions of patients, dispersed around the globe and around the United States and its territories. This large, distributed community also has a diverse set of medical service needs, ranging from pre-natal care to battlefield shock-trauma to aging care.
One of the infrastructure elements that links care providers, administrators, and patients across the federal health care services community areis: wide area networks. Consequently, the WAN is emerging as a strategic asset in the federal health care and services community that supports:
- Organizations that are looking for ways to enable information access for mobile and off-site care providers and administrators
- Continuity of care for our wounded warriors and other citizen groups
- Analysis and information sharing to track pandemics and disease
- Agencies seeking both operational and cost efficiencies by consolidating clinical and business information processing infrastructures through virtualization
- Care providers and administrators exploring ways to facilitate telemedicine and collaboration to improve care delivery and speed up administrative processes
In the federal health services community, specifically, there are a variety of dedicated and shared WANs that interconnect people, processes and technologies across the country. There is a growing consensus that the ability to deliver top quality health care and services quickly and without regard to geographic location is now inextricably tied to the performance of federal health services' IT infrastructure in general - and its WAN infrastructure in particular.
To explore the key considerations that should be addressed by officials tasked with harnessing technology to improve federal health care and services, the editors of BizTechReports.Com met with subject matter experts at San Francisco-based Riverbed Technology to gather key insights into emerging trends and best practices for WAN optimization within the homeland security community.
The report can be downloaded at:
Riverbed works with many government organizations, ranging from one of the world's largest navies that achieved "near-terrestrial" performance of its key Web applications on all of its ships, to the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) that was able to consolidate its data centers. Dozens of government organizations have deployed Riverbed Steelhead products, ranging from small deployments to multi-site deployments with hundreds of appliances. These organizations have chosen Riverbed products to enable consolidation of global IT assets, speed data transfer for mobile field operations units, decrease backup and data replication times by up to 90 percent, and reduce bandwidth costs and utilization. Thousands of companies with distributed operations use Riverbed to make their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed is available at http://www.riverbed.com.
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