In today’s health IT environment, many healthcare facilities are under pressure to improve security in order to provide greater protection for electronic protected health information (ePHI) and improve their compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). One area that can help them achieve these goals is their local area network (LAN). This approach has a proven track record of improving security for military agencies.
Healthcare facilities and military agencies alike have historically relied on copper-based LANs. However, copper is prone to electromagnetic interference and is easy to tap, making it insecure for organizations where data security is top priority. For this reason, many military agencies such as U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Reserves and the U.S. Marines have turned to fiber-based optical LAN as a means to improve the defensibility of the LAN and to meet the demands of a modern high-performance LAN in a more secure manner. Now, healthcare facilities are moving forward with the same evolutionary architecture that uses fiber optic cabling and passive optical LAN. This is a result of three key factors:
- Better security of optical cabling compared to copper cabling
- Elimination of vulnerable access points
- Secure processes and polices
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