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Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare

Highlights

  • Largest post-acute care provider in the US deploys HIPAA-compliant Cisco Meraki
  • Zero-touch deployment with easy centralized management
  • Site-to-site VPN connects remote branch locations securely

Kindred Healthcare is the largest diversified provider of post-acute care services in the United States. Through subsidiaries, they operate in hospitals, nursing centers, home health, hospice and non-medical home care locations as well as a contract rehabilitation services business. Kindred Healthcare has over 2,000 locations in 46 states with 75,000+ employees.


Original Networking Challenges   


  • Hard to manage network; devices needed to be configured locally and were too complex for what the branch locations needed
  • Dated hardware was expensive and temporary set ups increased total cost
  • Lack of on-site IT staff called for a simple to manage centralized network with remote troubleshooting capabilities             


Why Cisco Meraki


  • Kindred Healthcare was seeking simplicity, fast delivery, and cost efficiency
  • Plug and play devices with seamless firmware and security signature updates enable branch deployments without onsite IT, allowing Kindred to scale their deployment as they add locations
  • Easy to manage network with deep visibility and control over bandwidth usage
  • Kindred can easily customize access for different types of locations and devices


The Deployment


  • 37 MX60s at hospitals and nursing centers for guest hotspots
  • 136 MX60Ws at rehabilitation centers for therapists to use iPod Touch devices
  • 24 MX60 or MX60Ws at other locations for VPN or hotspots
  • 2 MX400s for data center to VPN to branches
  • One SSID for Kindred staff with WPA2 encryption through VPN and one for guests through split tunnel            


Results


  • Centralized visibility across distributed locations; unique auto-provisioning site-to-site VPN connects locations securely
  • Cisco Meraki devices are HIPAA-compliant, enabling secure access to healthcare applications as well as general Internet access for patients and visitors
  • Layer 7 firewall, traffic shaping, and content filtering blocks peer-to-peer traffic and controls users and devices
  • WAN optimization reduces inter-site application bandwidth consumption between Kindred sites and datacenter