Monitor your medical systems
and classic IT infrastructure and with PRTG

 

Modern hospitals are highly digitalized. Availability of patient data is at the core of this digitalization.
Classic IT systems and medical IT must work together seamlessly and need centralised monitoring.

PRTG keeps monitoring simple, while ensuring performance, clarity and ease of use.

 

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Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
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Modern hospitals are highly digitalized

15 years ago, patients were shown a hardcopy of their X-Ray images, while today, images are sent directly to monitors on the wall, or to the physician’s tablet. In most cases, doctors want fast access to patient data.

This could be X-Ray, MRT or ultrasound images, laboratory or specialist results, the patient’s history, or details of the patient’s primary care physician. All this data is transported via the hospital’s system infrastructure: 

  • HIS (Hospital Information System) – master data
  • LIMS (Laboratory Information System) – laboratory data
  • RIS (Radiology Information System – radiology data

Images generated from devices like X-Ray, MRT, ultrasound or video endoscopies are stored on the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System).

Nowadays most hospitals have a central communication server connecting these systems together, so the doctor has access to all relevant patient information at any time.

 

Identify the right monitoring solution

Of also a monitoring solution for your classic and medical IT systems must with all standard requirements like:
Feature set, usability, price performance ratio, licensing, implementation efforts, technical support.
In this case you should also turn attention on the following aspects:

 

Classic IT infrastructure

All medical devices require a classic IT infrastructure for communication. This infrastructure looks after the data transfer and provides the hardware for the system network. Cables, switches, servers and storage systems are required, as well as WIFI and its access points. 

Comprehensive IT monitoring

Only when classic IT can guarantee performance and security does it fulfill its purpose. The foundation of these medical devices and systems requires comprehensive IT monitoring. Availability of devices, data transfer and application performance must be kept under continuous observation. IT monitoring, or network monitoring, is not new. There are numerous solutions available. However, many solutions do not offer the possibility to integrate medical devices into the monitoring concept. 

 

Data security

Security plays an important role. Hospital IT is no longer isolated; it is entwined with various institutions (health insurance companies, doctors, building technology, administration, etc.), placing extremely high expectations on firewalls, virus scanners and intrusion detection systems. 

 

 

Monitor medical equipment and classic IT together in PRTG

With PRTG Network Monitor Paessler offers a centralised monitoring solution
that is a perfect fit for monitoring medical equipment and IT

 

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Customized dashboards

With PRTG you create maps in HTML format within minutes via drag & drop. PRTG brings two worlds together in one view: Classic IT and medical IT. Users can create customized dashboards with Drag & Drop to visualize all technology components in the hospital. The dashboard can be built to display malfunctions, interferences or outages as soon as they occur, and configured to inform, or alert, the responsible parties.

 

 

Monitor multiple Sites

Many hospitals have different sites. Using the free PRTG remote probes feature is a lean and easy way to monitor multiple sites with one installation/license of PRTG. Another flexible feature in PRTG is the REST Custom Sensor. It enables the administrator to easily integrate all devices offering a REST API into PRTG. That could be refrigerators, sensors for monitoring temperature, air quality or humidity, as well as systems for premises security.

 

 

RESTful API

With the PRTG REST Custom sensors, it is possible to connect to communication servers (like Orchestra made by Soffico) via RESTful API. Using DICOM, image data, X-Ray devices, MRTs, Ultrasound and video endoscopies can be pulled into the monitoring overview. HL7 is the most common protocol used to transfer patient data, and with PRTG’s native HL7 feature, systems like HIS, RIS and LIMS can also be pulled into the central
monitoring view.

 

 

PRTG alert system

The set-up and functionality of data transmission, storage, analysis, and publishing in medical technology is the same as the classic IT network. PRTG users can define thresholds to warn them before an outage occurs. They decide how to receive such alerts: Via email, SMS, push notification, or otherwise. The notification feature provides huge value for those on call – they will immediately see where the issue lies, and if the issue has been acknowledged by the responsible party.

 

 

Healtcare sensors
& data security 

Within PRTG, the REST Custom Sensor and data protocols, DICOM and HL7, were extended to make centralised monitoring for the health sector even easier. Here you will find an overview of all PRTG eHealth sensors.

Patient data is managed and transferred via HL7. PRTG uses HL7 to ensure data is transferred securely and to monitor the machines involved. PRTG has no access to personal data. Only data type, volume, pathway and device state are monitored.

 


“By implementing PRTG, we are now able to deliver a more reliable service for the hospital to ensure that medical staff are able to deliver frontline care”

Mike Isaac, Network and Systems Manager at NHS Musgrove Park Hospital.

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Free Download

Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime.

 
 

Get more deep-dive information here

Would you like to explore more about healthcare IT monitoring?
Then, you must check out our inspirational tutorials and webinars.

 

Healthcare IT – A Monitoring Primer

This paper introduces best practices to ensure a complete and reliable monitoring solution specifically for healthcare IT infrastructure.

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Monitor your healthcare IT the easy way – Webinar

Join our webinar and discover how to optimise your IT infrastructure, and support the doctors and patients they serve.

 

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Learn How to Monitor Healthcare IT with PRTG – Tutorial Videos

In this blog post, we share some tutorial videos that show you exactly how to set these healthcare IT sensors up in PRTG, and the information that they deliver to you.

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“Deployment couldn’t have been any simpler. PRTG auto-discovery capability was really good and was able to accurately classify 80 per cent of our equipment and was up and running with rudimentary monitoring within a couple of days.”

Rod Bacon, CIO at Lions Eye Institute

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Free Download

Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime.

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