Patton Fuller Community Hospital - Network Assignment

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Patton Fuller Community Hospital (PFCH) has been a not for profit healthcare facility since 1975 with a focus on providing the highest quality of healthcare. PFCH specializes in the following services; emergency medical care, specialized surgical procedures, baby delivery and prenatal care, physical therapy, and has a well-established radiology department. Being one of the primary healthcare facilities in their area, PFCH has raised the bar by providing a diverse selection of health programs that support the local community. This paper will review the current business systems in place, suggest improvements and provide how those changes could overall improve PFCH, both internally and externally. PFCH has implemented an extremely unique network developed in conjunction with the fundamentals of systems development. There are multiple business and medical systems in place, which this shall explain in detail and then provide areas for improvement including recommendations in enhancing PFCH’s Information System. Ultimately the first and most critical business system in place within the Patton Fuller’s infrastructure is their MAC OS X Leopard operating system. Fundamentally this is the core of each computer in place at PFH, and acts as the operating system for the desktops and servers within the datacenter. By using a single consolidated operating system between all hardware components, PFCH can create a synergy between communication and data transfer, understanding that adding additional various operating systems will only create more to support and ultimately add additional costs in the long run. This operating system is deployed on all the Apple Mac Pros, Apple iMac, and Apple Cluster Servers. Patton Fuller currently is exclusively using the Apple hardware and software in all clinical areas of operation as well as in PFCH’s administration and the various IT departments. PFCH’s decision to leverage the Apple Macintosh platform was driven by their need in the usage...
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