The Importance Of A Network And Its Purpose

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1-Describe the concept of a network and its purpose. In your own words, explain why networks are important and what the potential utilization in healthcare is or might be. A network is a group of computers that are linked together to improve communication and data transfer (Cowley, 2012). Each computer in the network can still function independently. These networks communicate over wires, cables, radio waves, or satellites (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2013). The purpose of a network is to connect computers to facilitate a common purpose, for example, communication within a hospital or nursing home for patient care. In my role as an MDS Coordinator, my computer is connected to our company’s network; however, my access to the network is…show more content…
Currently, there are some states, like Delaware, who have a functional Statewide Health Information Network; but more work needs to be done in this area to make a Nationwide Health Information Network a reality. A major hurdle that needs to be overcome is interoperability, just because multiple networks can be interconnected, does not automatically mean that computers on various networks can communicate with each other. The HITECH Act set forth the vision for an interconnected healthcare system in the United States. Providers have no choice but to work to comply with the vision. 2-Describe and compare three major types of networks. Come up with healthcare utilization examples for each of the network types you described. Three major network types are local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), and virtual private networks (VPNs). The LAN covers a smaller geographic area than the WAN. The trade-off is the LAN transfers data at higher rates than does the WAN. Control of the network varies between LANs and WANs. LANs are usually controlled by the organization, along with the hardware and software running on the LAN; whereas, WANs are usually controlled by a third party (Cowley, 2012; Wager, 2013). A VPN allows remote access to an organization’s LAN, this type of network is helpful when employee’s need to access data remotely, like in the case of a
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