The stakes are high for data transmissions crossing the network in a healthcare enterprise. Complying with HIPAA regulations while meeting patient expectations for immediate access to medical records is a balancing act, with the added complication of the constant threat of security breach. While multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) is a secure and reliable network pathway, some factors are causing enterprises to require an MPLS alternative. Although reliable, MPLS becomes more costly as healthcare introduces more Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the data load increases the traffic passing through the network. While MPLS might be a great way to transmit a medical record, it’s not necessarily the right pathway for an employee on break accessing Facebook Live. Some additional considerations when looking for an MPLS alternative:
- Differences in wide area networks (WANs) between providers across a medical campus can make sharing data complicated and inconsistent.
- The requirements for WAN security are high in healthcare, with providers needing an MPLS alternative that’s safe and reliable.
- Many health IT systems, including the WAN, are outdated and unable to handle today’s data loads.