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The healthcare sector stands to gain the most from digitalization. Technological developments such as cloud computing, remote healthcare and Internet of Things are the perfect tools for healthcare organizations to optimize their processes. Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Hospital (OLV Hospital) is a pioneer in digital transformation, using Eurofiber’s fast and future- proof fiber optic network as stable foundation.

Private cloud

Information technology plays a key role in the day-to-day operations at the OLV Hospital. The IT systems ensure, for example, that healthcare staff always have access to the right patient information. Krista De Neve, Infrastructure & Support Manager IT of the OLV Hospital, works in a team with approximately thirty IT employees. “We have two private data centers in distributed locations across the campus at our location in Aalst. From these datacenters, we make applications and data available for our three locations. In addition, we have a close collaboration with University Hospital Leuven. They host the electronic patient files in a private cloud environment that we use.

The connections are extremely critical. If the network connections fail, our colleagues cannot work and that in turn will have consequences for our patients. Our network connections should be reliable, fast and secure.

Ethernet VPN network connections

Working with cloud applications and remote data requires excellent performance from the network connections, according to Krista De Neve. “The connections are extremely critical. If the network connections fail, our colleagues cannot work and that in turn will have consequences for our patients. That is why the network connections should be reliable, fast and secure. And that is certainly the case with Eurofiber.”

Excellent synergy

It is not just the quality of the Ethernet VPN connections that is crucial, Krista De Neve says. “The collaboration with the network provider, in this case Eurofiber, is important as well. We are very positive about Eurofiber’s service.” Kirsta De Neve appreciates the collaboration with Eurofiber: “They also actively contribute their ideas when concrete issues arise.”

Room to grow

Over the next few years, hospitals will collaborate more and more on networks, and there will also be more network connectivity between hospitals. The OLV Hospital will be no exception. “This also means that network connectivity will continue to play a crucial role. Eurofiber’s fiber optic network will ensure that this aspect of IT will be safeguarded” Krista DeNeve says. “It definitely provides us with room to grow, in terms of speed as well as the options for connection.”

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