The use of mobile devices in the healthcare field is on the rise – from staff accessing patient records via smart devices to placing orders for medical tests/drug prescriptions on the go to supporting new monitoring technology (cardiac telemetry, portable patient monitors, real time location systems for assets, etc). With this shift in mobile technology, Wi-Fi is becoming more of a necessity in hospital environments.
Wi-Fi networks also allow hospitals to offer Internet access to patients and visitors, which can improve patients’ welfare as well as provide an additional revenue stream for the hospital. The access must be secure to protect the existing internal network from external attacks while keeping the IT infrastructure HIPAA compliant.
Medical Centers and Nursing Homes
Medical centers and nursing homes have similar networking requirements to hospitals when deploying Wi-Fi but with smaller budgets. Offering Internet access creates an opportunity to keep patients and visitors entertained and comfortable while creating another revenue stream. The service must be easy to manage and reliable, as medical center IT resources are limited.
Waiting rooms are ideal locations to offer Internet connectivity while patients wait to be seen by the doctor. Establishing a Wi-Fi hotspot at a clinic can enhance patient service and minimizing time wasted. The service should be user-friendly for patients and require no local IT expertise to maintain.