ST. JOSEPH HEALTH SYSTEM: A CASE STUDY
St. Joseph Health System is an integrated local healthcare system with facilities in the
seven-county primary service area of the Brazos Valley, Texas. The majority of
its health services are delivered at St. Joseph's main campus, the regional
health center based out of Bryan, TX. This facility provides a range of
inpatient, outpatient and surgical specialties and shares vital patient
information with associated physicians' and doctors' offices, as well as
critical access hospitals located in Brazos Valley. As St. Joseph Health System
Network Specialist, Alan Williams is responsible for the secure, timely and
accurate sharing of this vital patient information between his headquarters in
Bryan and the county locations.
Williams' networking group needed to run voice, data and some video down
the communications tunnels set up between Bryan and its "remote sites" and
ensure the patient information exchanged with these clients was secured and encrypted
to comply with HIPAA guidelines and policies for privacy of patient information.
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