In healthcare, your network cannot be an afterthought. Whether you’re in a long-term care, rehab, hospital system, remote clinic, or independent physician group, the need to support EHR systems and other critical apps such as SaaS, virtual apps, and VDI is critical to patient care today. The transition to value-based care is increasing the number of distributed facilities that need to be connected. With the move to the cloud, integration, and connectivity will now play a more prominent role in healthcare IT.

UX Critical to Delivering Quality Patient Care

The quality of the network drives application experience. Lack of bandwidth, poor network conditions, and outages plague users and support desks alike. This causes users to experience dropped calls, poor call quality, or issues accessing patient records and data on patient monitoring devices. On the other hand, networking teams don’t have the visibility and control over the network they need to detect problems. Traditional WANs don’t have enough resiliency or flexibility built in to ensue application performance and can’t support the move to the cloud.

On-Ramp to SaaS and Cloud

If you’re planning to move workloads to the cloud, Citrix SD-WAN can help you get there faster. As you move to the cloud, SD-WAN acts as an on-ramp to SaaS and apps in the cloud by reliably and securely connecting users in remote sites directly to the apps they need, eliminating the need to travel potentially long distances over legacy networks to a central data center first. This can drastically improve the branch user experience for SaaS and workloads in the cloud.

Our Microsoft integrations have the simplest workflows. For Microsoft Office 365, SD-WAN quickly detects those applications and applies firewall policies automatically. Office 365 traffic is then optimized in accordance with Office 365 Connectivity policies. Read more.

As a preferred partner, Citrix SD-WAN enables you to take advantage of Microsoft Azure’s global network for connecting all of your sites to Azure in minutes. Site-to-site connections leverage the Azure backbone, as well. Read more.

Connect to Your Virtual Apps and Desktops, On-Prem or in the Cloud, Over Any Network

An SD-WAN that’s HDX-aware provides a better quality experience for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. Networking admins also get better visibility into the user experience so they can quickly pinpoint a user’s session quality or a problem with a network link or path. Citrix SD-WAN takes a unique look at the HDX protocol’s sub-channels and prioritizes them automatically to ensure quality of service. Traffic for the virtualized softphones and unified communications applications is duplicated across multiple links to increase reliability for reduced latency and improved audio quality.

Easily Add Capacity

How much bandwidth are you using? How much do you need? SD-WAN virtualizes multiple types of links and aggregates all of your bandwidth from these links in an active-active configuration. If you need to increase your bandwidth, you can use cheaper broadband or LTE instead of MPLS. Citrix SD-WAN enables you to expand more apps to more users and stand up new locations faster.

Make Network Outages a Thing of the Past

Network reliability and resiliency are key drivers for adopting an SD-WAN. By measuring link conditions in real time and in both directions, Citrix SD-WAN can seamlessly move traffic to the best-performing link without disruption to your users or to patient care.

Learn more about network transformation with SD-WAN at HIMSS booth #2901 February 12-14, and watch my in-booth presentation on Wednesday, February 13, at 11:00 a.m. (EST).