Life as a Healthcare CIO: Network Performance Challenges of Rolling Out EHR…
by May 13, 2011

Filed under: Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

We wanted to share the following blog post from Life as a Healthcare CIO by John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. Today’s post names PathView Cloud as the Cool Technology of the Week.

Cool Technology of the Week

How many times have you heard the complaint “the application is slow” but lack data about server, network, or desktop performance to facilitate diagnosis and resolution?

In a cloud environment, debugging application issues becomes ever more challenging.

As we all rollout EHRs to small provider offices, often with challenging internet connections, remote monitoring of cloud network performance becomes even more critical.

microappliance from appnetaAppNeta’s PathView microAppliance provides an easy to deploy zero administration network monitoring tool. It’s about the same size as a cell phone and can be placed at remote business locations, requiring only power and an ethernet connection.

You place one of their devices in the location you want to monitor network activity.   When you plug it into the wall and an ethernet connection,  it uploads network performance data to AppNeta cloud servers.  You can also place two or more devices in separate locations, and monitor the traffic between those locations.   For EHR cloud providers, it’s simple to configure the device, send it via UPS to a provider practice with instructions to plug into the wall, and gather performance data without complicated onsite network sniffing setups and configuration.

Currently we have deployed these devices at our central EHR private cloud site and two of major remote practices  The level of detail and depth of available metrics and reports is amazing.

A low cost, zero administration, cloud-based, network sniffer that is truly plug and play.  That’s cool!