Newsletter | March 26, 2020

03.26.20 -- UPMC Scales Its Network With SDN

Featured Articles
Making Care At Home Possible
Guest Column | By Adam Mahmud, Jamf

Care at home as a concept is not new. In the early 1900s, doctors would often make home visits for patients. Today, as healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, hospitals are increasingly trying to figure out how to send patients home as early as possible after a procedure or illness.

Applying Retail Principles To Healthcare Can Improve Patient Engagement
Guest Column | By Matt Henry, Point B

Like other industries, healthcare is evolving to deliver in a digital world. High-deductible plans and greater out-of-pocket costs mean more patients are putting on their consumer hats when seeking healthcare services. In turn, health systems are consolidating and taking on risk, requiring a retail-like mindset to engage with patients. To improve patient engagement, follow these tips.

UPMC Scales Its Network With SDN
  Guest Column | By Lindsay Newell, Nuage Networks from Nokia

Healthcare provider and insurer, UPMC, is the largest nongovernmental employer in the state of Pennsylvania. It operates 40 academic, community, and specialty hospitals; 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites; and offers an array of rehabilitation, retirement, and long-term facilities. For UPMC’s IT department, that means a lot of add moves and changes to administer and, with a 12 percent average annual growth rate, a lot of new users and branch offices to add. Before adopting SDN in its data centers and SD-WAN for branch connectivity, scaling UPMC’s network was a costly part of the business.

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