How long have you had to wait to get an appointment with your doctor? A day? A couple of days? A week?

The demand for healthcare services is growing at a spiraling pace and  in order to capitalize on the huge demand, hospitals have branched out to deliver services to an increasing number of patients. But with limited professional labor available in the industry it is making it all the more difficult for hospitals and medical institutions to cope with the demand.

The healthcare industry is now seeing a huge potential in IT to help them meet such overwhelming demands. Emerging IT applications provide professional networking that enables integration of the clinical care process management and provision of web-based health and patient information. IT solutions have become important in helping hospitals maintain and gather, transmit, store and retrieve data and other medical related information from across various branches. This helps hospitals save valuable time and also reduces labor for an already under staffed industry.

But running an efficient data network is not enough, it needs to be backed with a reliable network monitoring service. There is a vast amount of important information that flows across branches and hospitals need to be able to manage the information load, while ensuring that the network is always up and running. So how does one keep a constant check on the network that spans across all the branches, ensure optimal uptime and availability and keep a check on network faults?A network monitoring software would do the trick. But if a hospital has many branches it would turn out to be time consuming and costly, since the software needs to be installed at each location with additional infrastructure. It would also require hiring of additional IT staff to  monitor the network at each branch,leading to additional expenses.

This is where remote network monitoring services such as ManageEngine’s OpManager On-Demand will make it more convenient for hospitals to monitor their networks. They provide 24/7 proactive monitoring of networks, to maintain and support the network and IT infrastructure. Also, all networks can be monitored from a centralized point allowing better control of networks and eliminating the need for hiring IT staff at each branch. Using a remote network monitoring service will result in reduced costs and optimal network performance. It will enable hospitals to concentrate on delivering effective healthcare without having to worry about network problems.

Although the use of IT in the healthcare industry is yet to gain prominence, adopting new technologies will help to efficiently deliver services and reduce costs. The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing and with the increasing demand they need to take a good look at new technologies and the sooner they adopt them the better!