IT Services for the Medical and Healthcare Industry

In the Healthcare industry technology plays an important role. Healthcare providers need to capture and store the crucial health and treatment information of patients.  IT support has an important place in this industry. With the increase in competition and confidentiality the latest technology and support is needed in the medical sector.

IT companies need to give medical practitioners and health care facilities 24/7/365 monitoring and repair and software management.  Electronic Medical Record (HER), Electronic Health Record (EHR) support services, virus protection, security and protection, are all necessary components to IT support services for the medical industry.

By outsourcing IT services operational cost can be reduced because there is no need to have an on-site technical support center. For more information on medical IT Services, contact NPV.

The Role of IT Managed Services

Every business needs to invest some amount of money in their IT systems. IT systems store, recover, translate and manipulate data that the company holds which allows them to make informed decisions. Without proper and effective management, deadlocks can occur in companies, especially at the time of disasters. Therefore, companies hire IT consultants to help create and implement a disaster recovery plan.

Need for IT services

A disaster recovery plan reduces any chances of downtime during disasters and can improve data recovery. IT companies offer you ideas and ways to improve your IT operations and advise you on how to boost the efficiency of your network and save on costs by outsourcing certain services to a managed IT services provider.

What do managed IT service companies do?

Nowadays, many companies outsource the jobs pertaining to managing and running an IT configuration to a managed IT service provider. This enables their IT employees to focus on more crucial business operations. Often this results in much lower costs.

For more information on managed IT support, contact NPV.

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Did you know? – Google Drive Enhanced Platform

In our managed support relationships with clients, we often find the need to provide clients with the ability to work on their documents, anywhere. Consequently, we go through great effort to provide remote access to local file servers. Recently, Google started unrolling an enhanced variation on their Google Docs platform, called Google Drive. If you are familiar with Google Docs, you’ll recall that you could upload limited document types, such as Excel, Doc, Pdf files and share them with groups or individuals. You could also set permissions and privileges by user. With this capability, collaboration took a bold step forward, allowing users to work on the same Excel document, at the same time, in real time. If I change a cell, my peers would see the changes immediately on their browser.

Well Google took this feature to the next level, by extending the ability to upload any document type. In fact, they let you upload almost anything, and have it accessible anywhere that you can open your email. This bold new product is called Google Drive. You can us it in a couple of ways. You can install an app on your computer, that looks just like a folder on your desktop. that new folder will then synchronize anything that you put into it up to your personal cloud folder. if you go someplace and find that you need something from that folder, you simply open your email, click on the ‘drive’ link at the top, and download whatever you need, or if you want to be able to use your files at home, you install the same Google drive app on your computer at home, and all of a sudden, your Google drive files are synchronized. change a file at home, and it’s upload to the cloud, and synchronized to your work computer. Eliminate the need for remote access, and all the cumbersome elements forever. Use it as a backup for your pictures, or anything of value that you never want to loose. Furthermore, you can share any one given file with anyone. some company domains may want to restrict this ability. for example, if your company hosts email with Google apps, you can restrict the ability of staff to share fires to only other individuals in the company. Outside email addresses would not be allowed to receive invitations to view or edit files on your Google drive.

Give it a try today, or call us to learn how we can migrate your corporate email to Google apps today.

Non-Merged It Audit


NPV Corporation visited a client on January 24, 2007 to review the organization’s current business use, needs and management of technology. This report provides the findings; immediate, short-term and long-term recommendations; and a rating of the organization based on industry standards and best practices. This was a single site IT assessment. The site was evaluated to better understand the organizations current IT readiness and to assess the organization’s current IT strategy.

We outlined the network infrastructure, including both the local area network and the wide area network of the organization. Throughout the process we analyzed the current infrastructure.


Throughout this assessment, we examined the following areas:

  • System Inventory for current server setup
  • Hardware / Software
  • Network / Connectivity Audit
  • Sample Desktop Systems Audit


This client offers the most comprehensive cost-effective insurance coverage. The company has about 15 computer users, and shares an office with another insurance agency. The two agencies share the T1 costs, by splitting the 15 voice lines between both organizations, and sharing the data across both offices.

As a result of individual interviews, and site visit, we uncovered several things about the network that have been very well done. In general, we found that the client has made tremendous progress in overall network architecture, to improve intra-office connectivity.

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A likely problem in any multi-tenant network.

In any local area network, there is generally one and only one DHCP server. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a network protocol that enables a server to automatically assign a unique IP address to any local network computer from a defined range of numbers (i.e., a scope or subnet) configured for a given network.

For example, when a computer is started on a local area network, the router typically acting as DHCP server, gives the newly started computer a unique ip address so it can access other network resources, and the internet as well. If you introduce a second DHCP server on a network, you wreak havoc on all computers trying get and ip address so they can access the network. With multiple DHCP servers, varying computers get various ip addresses, generally in unrelated subnets. Some computers will get a 192.168.1.X ip and other will get a 192.168.2.X, while others get 10.1.10.X, etc, etc. Each machine will get an ip based on the DHCP server that responds fastest. However, there is always one and only one gateway, and if your computers are on different subnets, they will never access the one and only gateway. The gateway brokers all network traffic.

We have a residential client that provides shared internet access to each tenant in a multi-tenant facility. Two of the tenants moving in, decided to add their own router to the network in order to provide for themselves wireless internet access to all the computers in their unit. the problem is that they connected the wrong network interface of their routers to the building network connection. This created multiple DHCP servers on the same network. So, when some residents many floors away went to access the internet, they were greeted with a page not found, only because some DHCP server had assigned an incorrect IP number (outside the range of their primary gateway).

We were notified that the internet was down, however, our internet monitoring software showed that the internet was up. We saw no problem with the internet connection. Our monitoring servers would have notified us notified us of the slightest outage. further investigation revealed that when we unplugged the main network switch from the internet router, we were being assigned an ip. That should never happen. Voila! A rogue DHCP server! Now, we just had to identify which of the 50 different units was the location of the rogue router. We isolated one of the router by trial and error, unplugging various connections, until ping response to the culprit ip failed. however, upon further diagnosis, we found a second rogue router. So now we had a DHCP router on 192.168.0.X and another on 192.168.2.X while the primary network was on 10.1.10.X!

At this point, we configured a diagnosis machine internal to their LAN with ip aliases on each subnet. We then accessed the router config page for the router config page to disable DHCP and disable WIFI access on that subnet. We then did the same for 192.168.2.X, and “presto chango”, we finally had access to the true subnet of 10.1.10.X. We had each of the tenants reboot their computers, and access points, and their internet connectivity was restored.

We then notified all the tenants that connectivity was restored with the exception of two tenants. Once the two offending tenants contacted us, we re-configured their routers, re-enabled their wifi and saved the day.

The beauty of all this was that we managed to do it while 60 miles away from our office. Other than the initial plugging and unplugging data jacks, we were able to accomplish the balance of the diagnosis remotely.