The Office of the Future Without Broadband Constraints: Healthcare

Written by Kristi Salmon on April 27, 2018.

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Imagine the office of the future without broadband constraints.  It’s booming with technology advancements because when you don’t have to worry about limits on your bandwidth network, possibilities are endless.  Innovation can run wild and productivity can soar when businesses have access to fast, reliable and scalable Business Internet.  That’s the investment Mediacom Business has made in our broadband network.

In this article from Healthcare IT News, we explore the 12 defining issues that exist in the healthcare industry this year.  In order to boost efficiencies across function – bandwidth will be a key factor to doing so.  And it’s a mixed bag of needs, complexities of government regulations and compliance, backing up data and integration of artificial intelligence (A.I.) – one of the most bandwidth intensive applications we’re seeing on the forefront of technology births. But we know that technology has the capabilities to diagnose quicker and more accurately in life-saving scenarios.  Time is of the essence in these situations and having access to critical data points in a matter of seconds determines the outcome.

Electronic medical records, in an effort go paperless and push data to the cloud, has truly provided a centralized place to store private data.  And access from any hospital or clinic within a healthcare conglomerate makes data sharing instantaneous. Medical records require a great deal of bandwidth to transfer between doctors or patients.  The complexity alone adding in the privacy requirements to do so, it’s critical that the broadband backbone of any hospital utilize the latest and greatest technology.  Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business, with capacity up to 10 Gigabit and beyond, provides the data pipe that ultimately has no restrictions.  The throughput exists to venture into any of the areas mentioned in this article without the worry of strain on the network.

Artificial Intelligence is a growing trend for healthcare executives with three-quarters of healthcare executives planning to invest in this initiative over the next 3 years. The University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center uses the IBM technology, Watson, to help diagnose patients. CBS’ 60 Minutes profiled the hospital’s use cases and the analysis found that not only did Watson’s recommendations match 99% of what the doctor’s had diagnosed, but in 30% of the patients, Watson found an additional treatment method that the doctor’s hadn’t.  A.I. capabilities are so vast for healthcare as the amount of data you can feed the software to diagnose is incredible. For the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, they trained Watson with 25 million published medical records that took “him” about a week to access and store.  Technology powered by broadband is the key to innovation on this level.