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How to Optimise the Functioning of your Hospital Wi-Fi

Posted In Health & Technology - By Techtiplib on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 With No Comments »

In this digital age, seamless connectivity is the most critical factor in a hospital environment. With the Internet of Things (IoT) being used to run state of the art medical equipment, hospitals are relying more and more on a quality Wi-Fi network to increase operational efficiencies. Healthcare professionals depend heavily on fast connectivity to access records and data as well as sharing files and medical updates for enhanced patient care delivery. A good and strong hospital signal is, therefore, necessary to optimise this exchange of information.

Hospital Wi-Fi

Here are a few things to consider for getting the best out of a hospital Wi-Fi system.

Devices and Equipment

Most technologically advanced medical devices and equipment as well as even the basic ones such as insulin pumps and glucose monitors are increasingly designed to run over Wi-Fi. This trend will only grow in future. Other appliances such as coffeemakers and water coolers, essential in hospitals are also being developed to run over Wi-Fi networks.

A hospital Wi-Fi network, therefore, should be geared to take care of all these factors. You should coordinate with your IT department to install the best systems or upgrade existing Wi-Fi networks. This will ensure that all your devices and equipment function to their full potential and large volumes of data can be transmitted without slowing down the wireless connection or crippling hospital operations.

Connectivity for Visitors

It is essential to maintain a guest Wi-Fi network where patients and visitors can access the Internet from their personal devices. You have to provide this as part of your visitors and patient care services. Initially conceived as a courtesy measure for patients and their families a couple of decades back, it is now par for the course in any hospital. Visitors expect to work, send emails, or check social media sites on their laptops or smart phones – all on the healthcare Wi-Fi network.

However, visitors’ activities often put a heavy strain on a hospital’s Wi-Fi system. You cannot restrict people from sitting in the waiting room playing bandwidth-intensive games or watching Netflix for hours. It is not only taxing for your IT department but also drives up maintenance costs for the network.

For this reason, guest networks should be treated differently and kept away from the primary hospital network. Restrict the bandwidth of your guest network while focussing on increasing the capabilities of the main hospital network and prohibit live streaming on the guest network altogether.

Address Security Concerns

On both the guest network and the hospital network, it is critical that you follow stringent security practices to avoid any form of data breach. Your main network should be encrypted to stop outsider access to confidential patient information.

Set restrictions for the types of devices that can connect to the hospital network. Health care professionals and staff should be allowed to access information on their personal devices in limited cases only and that too if they are adequately encrypted to avoid unauthorised data access. Contact Tek Support, leading provider of hospital Wi-Fi systems or ask your IT department about Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and know whether your hospital Wi-Fi meets the latest security standards.            

For getting the best out of your hospital Wi-Fi system, you should be far-sighted before installing it. Opt for a network taking into account all your future requirements as you increase the existing facilities. Make provision for evolving mobile and medical equipment technologies that will be wholly dependent on your Wi-Fi network. Rebuilding or expanding your hospital network connectivity after every few years can be a very costly proposition.

Finally, consider the physical environment of your hospital. Lead-walled radiology rooms, elevators, bathrooms, large metal structures and machines all act as dead spots for a Wi-Fi network. While structuring an effective Wi-Fi network for your hospital, this should be considered and solutions found to ensure seamless connectivity.

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