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Bonded Internet: Improving Connectivity Within Rural Medical and Dental Practices

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People who live in rural areas of the United States are more likely than those in urban communities to die prematurely from all five of the leading causes of death, per the Center for Disease Control. Remote-based care and telehealth-based visits can help people reduce or manage these conditions. However, rural medical and dental practices must ensure constant internet connectivity.

Telehealth is an excellent resource for caregivers to monitor their patients’ chronic conditions, is an excellent way to deliver care quickly in an emergency, such as a stroke, and virtual visits offered through the technology can reduce barriers to care.

But the most obvious challenge with offering telehealth services to patients is maintaining consistent internet connectivity without encountering dropped connections caused by a single internet connection network. Traditionally, most networks use single line connectivity to maintain the entire network, but doing so can prove to be costly and harmful to practice and patient health.

However, bonded internet can eliminate these challenges while delivering a continuous internet connection, especially important to small medical and dental practices.

Bonded internet vs. standard single connection

A traditional standard, single connection internet network can likely meet the most basic business demands of medical and dental practices—however, those that require continuous, dependable, fast internet benefit from bonded internet connectivity.

In simple terms, bonded internet combines multiple connections (unlike a single connection network) to ensure stable connectivity. Bonded internet secures an always-on connection by continuously monitoring the network for the best connection. With bonded internet, all network traffic passes through an aggregator, which divides the data stream, and routes it through an individual internet connection.

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AVANT Launches Inaugural State of Disruption Study Measuring Rate of Change In IT

AVANT Communications has released its inaugural State of Disruption study. The AVANT Insight Report is supported with sponsorship from 8×8, Flexential, HOSTING, Masergy, NICE inContact and Oracle Communications — all partners in the master agent’s growing portfolio of best-in-class solutions.

Powered by AVANT’s ecosystem of channel sales professionals, or trusted advisors, the State of Disruption report surveyed 300 U.S. enterprise technology leaders at the manager level and above who lead tech purchasing decisions. AVANT examined four key components of enterprise tech stacks — compute IT infrastructure, voice infrastructure, network infrastructure and cybersecurity — with an eye on how companies are shifting from physical and/or in-house solutions to third-party and/or cloud-based solutions.

Drew Lydecker
Drew Lydecker

“We see the pace of change in IT accelerating with enterprises literally struggling to evolve or die. Trusted Advisors are uniquely equipped to help them navigate the rapid rate of technological change,” said Drew Lydecker, president and co-founder, AVANT. “We’re pleased to release the State of Disruption report as a pulse for forward-thinking IT teams and the experts who enable their decision-making. From networking infrastructure to cybersecurity to breakthrough technologies likes SD-WAN, we are seeing disruption across the board as organizations in all industries are advancing digital transformation.”

The survey reveals the state of digital transformation efforts, the roles trusted advisors and other third parties play in the process, and the rate at which disruptive technologies are replacing legacy solutions, with key findings including:

In this report, AVANT also examined the rate at which new technologies are disrupting legacy infrastructure. These findings are presented as a Rate of Disruption Index (RDI), which represents the transformation from legacy to modern digital technologies organizations expect to see from the end of 2018 to the end of 2019; a detailed explanation of the RDI can be found on pages 7 and 8 of the report. Key findings include:

While SD-WAN is rapidly transforming legacy networks, MPLS is not going away:

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