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Leveraging Secure IoT Connectivity in SMB Healthcare



shutterstock_577112506 (1).jpgWhen it comes to serving patients, healthcare providers must maximize their IT performance. They need infrastructure to be able to build capabilities that facilitate communication, data collection, and analysis for a faster, more accurate diagnosis to meet patient goals. Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) who are ready to gradually virtualize and modernize their current IT should look to the Internet of Things (IoT). In the healthcare industry, a “thing” in the IoT is anything manmade that can be assigned an IP address, from heart monitors to tablets used by staff. Leaders in the industry are innovating with the IoT, making wristbands that send critical alerts to nurses and badges that track and report progress on operations to family members in real-time. By 2019, 87 percent of healthcare organizations will have adopted IoT technology and 76 percent believe it will transform the healthcare industry even more.


Healthcare SMBs who pursue IoT innovation stand to gain significant advantages:

  • Improved patient care. Bedside devices can collect data, share patient information, and allow healthcare providers to monitor and manage patient health. With these advancements, healthcare providers gain the ability to remotely diagnose in real time, leading to improved patient care and patient satisfaction.
  • Improved efficiency. Connecting and sharing information among devices can help diagnose and treat patients, leading to higher efficiency and fewer mistakes in diagnosis.
  • Increased control. Nearly three-quarters of healthcare leaders who have adopted IoT technologies believe its key benefit will be to monitor and control medical devices and sensors.

Clearly, IoT technology is the way of the future in efficient, controlled patient care.


A survey of 3,100 business and IT decision makers found that, even though 84 percent of businesses surveyed have experienced an IoT-related breach, 52 percent view IoT as necessary to remain competitive. Thankfully, Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) offers Aruba technologies to give healthcare providers the security they need.

Aruba Instant Access Points help healthcare organizations connect and manage IoT devices across the network. These high-performing Access Points excel in high-density environments, like hospitals, enabling faster communication with no single point of failover and network survivability to the last access point. And perhaps the most valuable feature for healthcare organizations, Instant Access Points keep network and patient data safe with deep-packet inspection and firewalls.

Aruba ClearPass follows a three-step plan to identify devices, enforce policies, and protect the network. The first step, identification, is arguably the most important element of IoT security. Legacy IT requires comprehensive endpoint management solutions, agents, and manually updating multiple endpoint databases. With Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), guest access deployments, and other unmanaged devices, such as security cameras and other emerging endpoints in the IoT, IT departments cannot maintain complete visibility with legacy IT. ClearPass offers real-time, agentless profiling that allows healthcare providers to continuously identify endpoints and network devices, keeping their data and connections secure.

Aruba ClearPass is a great option for healthcare SMBs because it offers extensive multivendor wireless, wired, and VPN infrastructure support, enabling IT to easily rollout secure mobility policies across any environment. For smaller IT departments, the ClearPass Universal Profiler delivers an intuitive web-based interface that is simple to administer and shows device totals and how many per category, host names, and device vendor information.

To learn more about how IoT solutions are empowering modern healthcare providers, follow us on Twitter at @HPE_SMB for the latest SMB news and updates.

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George Hope is Vice President, Worldwide Small and Medium Business. He brings to HPE over 20 years of technology experience, joining HPE as part of the SimpliVity acquisition, where he was VP, Global Channels. He was named one of the 50 most influential channel chiefs by CRN in 2015 and 2016. Prior to SimpliVity, George spent 17 years at EMC. He was Sr. Director of Global Channels for EMC’s Isilon Division, where he tripled the partner business in 3 years. George also led the US Field Channel team for all product lines from EMC, and has held other Sales, Sales Strategy and Channel Management positions. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.