Software Defined Test Networks
Replicate Congested Hospital Networks
Using iTrinegy’s Software Defined Test Networks, healthcare technology companies can re-create the troublesome networks their products will have to operate over when deployed.
When using a Software Defined Test Network, testers can influence an application’s connectivity, hindering it with latency bursts, congested bandwidth, or other network degradations so that new products and applications can be stress tested and optimized against bad conditions before any healthcare providers or patients rely on them.
Create Remote Patient Network Scenarios
As remote patient care becomes increasingly established, applications will have to experience a mixture of internet, mobile, satellite, and WiFi networks which, in reality, can be of very poor quality, especially for patients living in remote rural or highly urbanized areas.
If applications have never experienced a bad 4G, an intermittent 3G, or a poor quality WiFi connection before, these crucial healthcare devices may begin to have performance issues which will, as a consequence, dramatically impact patient care.
Thankfully, iTrinegy Software Defined Test Networks allow you to generate customizable networks of any type, including 5G, 4G, 3G, Satellite and WiFi, to ensure your applications experience all the networks they’ll rely on, together with all qualities they’ll experience, before errors have a chance to impact patient care.
Model Entire Healthcare Organization Wide Area Networks
In a perfect world, all healthcare organizations would be connected over perfect WAN connections; however, in reality, many branches have outdated IT systems that do not connect to other systems, or are situated in areas with very poor network availability which limits the applications or devices they can use for patient care.
Naturally, this is a major concern for healthcare committees focused on the digitization of healthcare systems, and the mission to enable a digital ecosystem for better patient care in any place, at any time, over any networks.
As it stands, the majority of organizations have no way to model large scale network configurations, or anticipate how these complex ecosystems will impact new technologies which governing bodies attempt to incorporate throughout the years to come. However, iTrinegy can provide solutions to this problem. Be it testing over degraded links to configuring a working model of a live, meshed, and congested hospital network, iTrinegy can provide a Network Emulator, and the subsequent Software Defined Test Network, to provide an environment that will help you understand how applications will be impacted by the real world networks they will operate over, and ultimately ensure you achieve your ambitions without negatively impacting patient care along the way.
Use Cases For Healthcare
As with any industry, we understand that it is important for decision makers in the Healthcare sector to understand how our technology can directly benefit their work, and how it has been received by other organizations within the industry in order to minimize risk and justify purchasing decisions at a senior level.
Here we have listed out our most common use cases in healthcare, and have detailed some of our current users in the healthcare industry to act as a point of reference.
Huge amounts of money are being invested into digital healthcare in many regions around the globe, but the new technologies being developed as a result of this funding are still being impacted by unexpected errors upon launch, often caused by network inference or poor network connectivity that the developers could not anticipate before launch.
iTrinegy Software Defined Test Networks provide an immediate return on investment by providing an easy to use, cost-effective solution that can be used both pre-launch and post-launch for technology developers wanting to reduce the risks networks can pose to their products, and to ensure that the digitization of the healthcare sector can be performed seamlessly and successfully time and time again.
Meeting Industry Requirements – Compliance Policies
In many healthcare industries across the globe, and especially in countries where large financial investments are continuously being made to support both government and private healthcare organizations, it is no longer a simple desire to test new technologies against bad networks conditions- it is now a regimented and enforced industry requirement.
In the UK, some of these standards include Risk Management ISO 14971, which demands that you identify and optimize products against the risks that operational network conditions may pose to your product’s ability to provide patient care, and PD IEC/TR 80001-2-1:2012, Annex A, Section A, which encompasses the need for proof against ‘Typical hazards in medical IT Networks’.
Germany, France, Belgium, the USA, and many other countries also have different compliance requirements that specify a need to prove that medical products are capable of handling common IT hazards, such as latency, bandwidth congestion, disconnections, and other packet manipulating errors.
Our technology has helped new applications and devices be cleared for medical usage and purchasing by providing a test environment which, from a proof-of-concept demonstration or QA lab test, realistically demonstrates their ability to be continuously useful and provide constant patient care while encountering the negative network environments present in many hospitals. These tests allow new products and applications to be cleared and approved for use in all kinds of healthcare organizations all around the world.
Testing Remote Patient Care
Stemming from a desire to shift the focus from the one hour a month a patient spends with the doctor to the rest of the month that the patient will spend alone, there’s a huge drive around improving the quality of remote patient care through technologies and applications that can monitor and assess patient data while still being connected to the hospital networks, utilizing the patient’s home WiFi or public mobile networks that the devices can access on a day-to-day basis.
However, in reality, a lot of public networks can be congested, lossy, have large bouts of delay, or can be of a very low quality due to poor local infrastructure, and these conditions have immediate and severe consequences for any care devices that need to connect to a hospital database to provide quality patient care.
Thankfully, iTrinegy Software Defined Test Networks allow developers to validate that new technologies will be able to operate sufficiently and support patients in every region, in any environment, over any networks, at any time. By stress-testing remote care devices against poor conditions before launch, weaknesses can be identified and removed before they have any impact on a patient’s day-to-day life.
Ensuring Successful Healthcare Branch Connections
As many healthcare organizations are aware, there are a large number of healthcare branches with outdated IT infrastructure that are not properly connected to a central database, or have poor quality network infrastructure that allows very limited access to databases, and cannot support the latest innovations that medical organizations rely on for patient care. As a consequence, a lot of funding is put into updating these remote branch infrastructures to give them a reliable, powerful connection to the larger branches and databases all across their respective countries by utilizing technologies such as SD-WAN or other WAN upgrades.
But this poses another challenge; of all the solutions available on the market, how can you tell which solution is the best for your organization? How can you tell that it will do what the vendor says it will do, without allowing them direct access to your branch networks, and potentially exposing these sensitive connections to an unknown product?
Using iTrinegy’s SDTNs, you can test third party products against the network conditions your branches typically endure to see if these third-party products will legitimately increase the quality of care at your remote, poorly connected branches, meaning you can ensure that any products you choose to incorporate will be successfully deployed into your environments every time.
Trusted by Healthcare Organizations Across The Globe
Here are a list of some of iTrinegy’s current users in the healthcare industry, who use both the iTrinegy INE and NE-ONE Emulators for everything from field testing and proof of concepts, to R&D and general QA work.
Case Studies & Technical Briefings
Here are our latest case studies on our work with the Healthcare Industry, and our recent Technical Briefing on why healthcare networks can cause products to fail, and how to ensuring successful Digital and Physical Healthcare Device / Application Deployment over degraded network conditions.