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1 Computer Networking (CS635) Healthcare Network Infrastructure Vladimir Volma November 21 th , 2018
2 Table of Contents Week 1: Distributed Network Requirements Analysis ............................................................................ 3 Week 2: Communication Protocols Analysis and Recommendations .................................................... 7 Week 3: Network Traffic Analysis and Recommendations ................................................................... 11 Week 4: Network Design and Architecture ............................................................................................ 12 Week 5: Future Needs Analysis and Recommendations ....................................................................... 13
3 Week 1: Distributed Network Requirements Analysis Due to the constant importance of information sharing, distributed networks have become one of the adopted forms of network infrastructure. In the healthcare industry, this method of networking is playing a major role. Healthcare is known to be a very complex system that involve dependents or independent entities working together. A distributed network is the model of networking that allows the healthcare industry to deliver proper care to its subscribers by means of distribution of the system the many entities. This includes hospitals, outpatient centers, medical laboratories, nursing homes, health, and healthcare insurances. Center for Vein Treatment, CVT, is an outpatient medical center that specializes in varicose vein treatment. As a healthcare institution, the company has the necessity to share data with different dependent and independent entities. The company has over 50 locations statewide, and all of them are interconnected with each other. The company has a headquarter that provide a multitude of clinical and non-clinical support to the clinics. The need to have a distributed network is relevant to the good functioning of the company. With a distributed network, CVT can use one electronic health records across the network generate, save, store, and share clinical data; use a common Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS); perform a standard access control management (authentication); submit electronic medical claims on behalf of the company or via the clinical support center; and submit electronic prescription to pharmaceutical organizations using automated system. Center for Vein Treatment uses an electronic health record platform name NextGen. This application allows the company to generate, store, and retrieve medical data. NextGen has many built-in features that provide scheduling, billing, clinical, business analysis features. As CVT has
4 many locations, it is a necessity that all of them need to have the ability to share information with each other. A distributed network is the perfect infrastructure to be implemented to spread data across all the clinic using the NextGen. In other terms, the functionality of sharing clinical data among all the clinics using NextGen can be ensured with a distributed system. A distributed network provides the technical foundation necessary to make medical record more efficient in term of security, reliability, and accessibility(Chueh 7 Barnett, n.d) (See the figure below for a
5 sample of NextGen interface).

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