Health IT tip of the day: Web optimization can speed diagnosis, improve outcomes

Inundating a wireless network with too many devices can slow traffic and impact care.

Frank Yue, director of application delivery solutions for Radware in Mahwah, N.J.: Medical images are often over 40 gigabytes for a single image set and delivering them over the network can cause network congestion. This can delay diagnosis and treatment of patients. In addition, the use of many different devices, including mobile handsets and tablets, is increasing. These devices have displays with differing size and quality characteristics.

Healthcare institutions should implement image and web optimization technologies to decrease network congestion and improve application response times. Using these technologies, the application performance along with the image size and quality can be optimized for the target device because in some cases, every second counts.

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