Network infrastructure refers to a hospital’s interconnected computer and information technology (IT) systems. Largely the infrastructures are closed, meaning the computer network can only be accessed within the hospital and is not connected to the Internet or other networks at large. It enables doctors and patients to connect, as well as hospitals to connect to larger health information networks.
Privacy and security are big concerns for a hospital’s network infrastructure. Implementing security systems to prevent data breaches and leaks, keep patient health information (PHI) secure, and managing the secure transmission of electronic medical record data are all major issues in the industry.