August 9th, 2012
Patton-Fuller Community Hospital
”Patton- Fuller Community Hospital has prided itself on providing top-of-the-notch not-for-profit health care organization since their opening in 1975” (University of Phoenix, 2012). The hospital’s specialty is in providing high-quality health care to all patients, and establishing peaceful work relationships within the staff. Services provided by the hospital are “surgery, emergency medical care, physical therapy, labor and delivery, radiology, and more” (University of Phoenix, 2012). “In Kelsey, Patton-Fuller Community Hospital is the first hospital, dedicated at the hospital is to provide a variety of programs that will support and maintain the best health and welfare of the local community populations” (University of Phoenix, 2012). Duvv Enterprises is the IT solution for WAN/WLAN integration needs. For Patton-Fuller Community Hospital, we will address the existing network architecture of the hospital: Patton-Fuller utilizes a “high-end Local Area Network (LAN) (based on 1000Base-T using CAT 6 cable) that links all of its Systems Applications and Products (SAP) and terminals to workstations over a small geographic area. Duvv Enterprises will also touch basis with the implementation of a complete WLAN networking environment that calls also for the installation of Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP), and the design of a high-speed Wide Area Network (WAN) that will enable Packet Filters (PF), or firewalls to connects three other hospitals with Patton-Fuller. Lastly, Duvv Enterprises will implement the following three processes: the first process will identify the hardware and software needed to secure Patton-Fuller’s choice of networks against all electronic threats. The second process will distinguish between local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and wireless technologies. The third process will explain concepts and building blocks of switches, routers, and cabling technology, which are the foundation of today’s communication networks. Logical Network
The Network at Patton-Fuller Community Hospitals divides into two segments connected by a network bridge: Administrative functions and clinical functions. The administrative function segment consists of the following network nodes, which are points within networks where communications interface: • Hospital Executive Management
• Human Resources
• Information Technology and Data Center
The nodes of the administrative functions network show up in a bus architecture with nodes that connect to an Ethernet backbone. The backbone is 1000Base-T, which is “4-pair Cat 5 or Cat 5e UTP Gigabit Ethernet cable” (Golenlewski & Addison-Wesley, p. 715, 2007). . The network utilizes CAT 6 cable, which “is a cable standard for Gigabit Ethernet and other network physical layers that is backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards” (Wikipedia, 2012).
The clinical areas network consists of the following nodes: • Radiology
• Operating Rooms
• Intensive Care Units
• Emergency Room
The nodes of the clinical functions network show up in a bus architecture that also connects to an Ethernet backbone, but this particular backbone uses 1000Base-FX cable which is “two strands of multimode optical fiber Fast Ethernet cable” (Golenlewski & Addison-Wesley, p. 715, 2007). The Importance of Communication Protocols
To understand the importance of communication protocols, we must first understand and grasp the meaning of communication protocols. According to Wikipedia, “a communication protocol is a system of digital message formats and rules for exchanging those messages in or between computing...