The power of the network: Verizon's healthcare solutions
Shawn Hakl, vice president, Product and New Business Innovation, leads the product management organization supporting IP network platforms and managed services for Verizon. He covers products such as Private IP, ethernet and public IP solutions, software-defined networking and secure cloud interconnect offerings, managed and professional services, and global access partner strategy.
Hakl’s team is responsible for identifying key market opportunities, defining commercial models and customer requirements, and driving the development and launch of innovative solutions for Verizon’s enterprise and business segments.
Q: What separates one network from another in today’s day and age?
A: All networks are not created equal. In today’s borderless environment, it is expected and required that everyone, virtually everywhere, and via any device will be able to seamlessly communicate.
In today’s technology-based world, the network is the foundation. And when it comes to networks, Verizon has one of the most reliable and secure networks in the world. Our global, IP-based network is the foundation for your global business performance and makes it possible to connect users to applications simply, securely, and reliably in a competitive world.
We own one of the largest IP networks in the world, linking 150 countries on six continents, and enabling us to deliver global network capabilities with a range of access choices. From simple monitoring and notification to co-management and full outsourcing options, we can evaluate and incorporate new technologies designed to lessen IT burden and help you control costs.
Q: When selecting a network to carry personal health information (PHI) what should an organization look for?
A: Simply put – security. Verizon makes information security easier for healthcare organizations. Our solutions can help customers secure their Protected Health Information (PHI).
We can enable healthcare organizations with resilient IT solutions and infrastructure to support the secure exchange of protected health information, so patient information can be accessed when required from almost anywhere, anytime.
We deliver reliable, enterprise-class business application connectivity solutions today and leverage innovation to position them as their needs evolve in the future. We don’t just sell technologies, but understand use cases, workloads, and user types to help customers pick the right solutions – solutions that find the right balance between security, performance and cost.
Q: What does Verizon do to keep its network safe?
A: Our experienced operations and technology employees monitor and maintain a leading global IP network and manage more than 4,000 customer networks across the globe. Redundancy and diversity are built into the network for added reliability.
Additionally, Verizon provides unsurpassed thought leadership by publishing the annual Data Breach Investigations Report and the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance Report. Both publications shed light on the challenges of the threat landscape and the potential solutions needed to prevent security incidents.
Q: Are there specific networking solutions Verizon tailors to the healthcare market?
A: The Healthcare industry faces unprecedented changes from shifts in demographics and technologies, to government reforms and increased expectations for care. The successful businesses are thriving and to do so, they’re looking to technology partners like Verizon.
From providing HIPAA-enabled Data Centers to telehealth services, Verizon offers a range of solutions backed by an experienced team that knows the healthcare industry. We help our clients develop solutions that address their business needs.
Private IP: Our Private IP solution offers the scalability and connectivity of IP with a secure, reliable, and simple network design that grows with your business and consolidates your applications.
Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI): Secure Cloud Interconnect uses the high-performing connections of our Private IP network to safely link you to a broad ecosystem of cloud service providers. Take advantage of the application flexibility, business agility, and cost control of the cloud—while maintaining high standards for security and privacy.
Secure Gateway: Secure Gateway has been a cornerstone of our hybrid networking capabilities, connecting sites over the public Internet securely to sites on Private IP using a network-based universal port gateway.
Private IP Wireless Access: We enable devices to connect to Private IP using Verizon Wireless Private Network capability, taking advantage of the mobile connectivity value proposition. As wireless connections continue to explode in the Healthcare industry, Verizon is expanding Private IP Wireless Access internationally using thirdparty wireless access providers.