Patton-Fuller Network Infrastructure
Patton-Fuller Community Hospital (PFCH) is a nonprofit patient-centered medical facility that has been serving the needs of its community since 1975. They foster a culture of excellence by providing a wide range of advanced quality services dedicated to improving the health and well-being of their patients. The facility offers exceptional services in an array of major medical disciplines, including state-of-the-art radiology and cardiology services. To preserve its functionality over this long period of time, PFCH has made many enhancements to their technologies. Today, PFCH uses its Information Technology (IT) department to its fullest with a network capable of transferring data securely both internally and externally effortlessly. This paper will illustrate an overview of the current network architecture, security systems, mobile access, and hardware storage capabilities. It will describe possible upgrades to the current IT infrastructure as well as recommend new applications to assist patients and staff. . It will also include additional Internet access option, and the benefits of these choices (Patton-Fuller Community Hospital, 2012).
Current Network Architecture
PFCH’s logical network infrastructure is divided into two network segments functioning on different technology. These two networks are linked via a bridge. One network is dedicated to the administrative functions and uses 1000BaseT standard and CAT 6 cables. This is the backbone network structure for the entire hospital. The other is connected to the clinical areas of the hospital and uses 1000BaseF standards with single node fiber cables (Patton-Fuller Community Hospital, 2012).
The RIS Data center uses Apple Cluster Servers running on MAC OS Leopard Xserve with Remote Access Desktop. This serves are running Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). PACS is digital medical imaging technology that provides storage and access to images from multiple...