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IMPORTANCE OF A WiFi NETWORK IN HOSPITALS

 

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The rise of IoT (Internet of Things) brings with it various physical devices and everyday objects capable of communicating and interacting with others via the internet. Hospital devices important for life sustenance and care are affected as well.

Around the world, various health service organizations are seeing the increasing importance of IoT devices within the healthcare industry. By 2026, it’s expected that the spending on IoT for healthcare would reach $405 billion.

Here are a few other reasons why hospitals should have wifi on their premises:

Connection for Hospital Life-Saving Devices and Other Medical Equipment

The internet is becoming a vital part of healthcare so much that there is now an “Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)”.

According to Forbes, IoMT refers to the “connected system of medical devices and applications that collect data that is then provided to healthcare IT systems through online computer networks”.

Examples of IoMT devices and applications are:

  • Bluetooth-enabled weight scare & blood pressure cuff (with a symptom-tracking app)
  • Smart continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and insulin pens
  • Automated insulin delivery
  • Cancer treatment activity trackers
  • Inhalers
  • Ingestible sensors
  • Smart beds
  • Contact lenses
  • Depression-monitoring app
  • Coagulation testing
  • Asthma monitor

A lot of IoMT devices are related to monitoring, tracking, and detection. Medical practitioners rely on such devices to accurately diagnose and treat illnesses and diseases.

The speed of detection and reporting with the help of IoMT devices doesn’t only mean faster diagnosis, prevention, and cure. It also increases the accuracy of data gathered and widening the window period of corrective procedures.

Accessibility of Patient Data

With wifi on the hospital premises, healthcare workers will have real-time access to patient information anywhere. The speed of how a doctor or nurse can access vital information could be a matter between life and death for a patient.

This doesn’t necessarily remove the importance of retaining physical copies about patient files. Doing so is still an important back-up procedure. However, digitizing them and making them available for access to those who appropriately need them reduces misguided and inaccurate information.

Different hospital departments like laboratory and emergency room can freely access the information. Meaning, no need for a nurse to go to the lab and get the results.

Depending on the type of connection allowed by the hospital, doctors can access patient information even if they’re not on the hospital. Consequently, this reduces time wasted from communicating the data and information needed by phone call. The doctor can readily access the information and give proper instructions and procedures.

Accessibility to patient data improves healthcare and services. When data from different patients are linked and pooled, researchers and doctors can find patterns and develop new ways of detecting or diagnosing illnesses and diseases — improving overall clinical care.

Asset and Inventory Tracking and Management

Medical devices and equipment are prone to wear and tear due to heavy usage. Some IoMT devices display their health status to a monitor. When there’s a defect, they show what part needs repair.

Through this, healthcare services save millions of dollars linked with the cost of medical equipment loss.

Laboratories and nurse stations have limited supplies of important items like blood containers, masks, needles, and others. With WiFi, inventory management would be less hassle. When there’s a short in supplies, the inventory app can alert the staff about the situation.

However, to make all the advantages mentioned above as well as below, you need to invest in WiFi bandwidth management solutions.

Xceednet’s services would cover the whole hospital premises. All Xceednet plans support unlimited MikroTik Routers which is what you only need to install. You don’t need expensive, hard-to-maintain servers since Xceednet is a 100% cloud-based solution hosted on reliable Amazon AWS.

The following are some of the features of Xceednet and why they’re important for a hospital WiFi system:

  • Customized Data Packages: The hospital staff and patients will have different bandwidth.
  • Patient Billing & Payment Tracking: Patients no longer have to run to the billing section for inquiries about their dues.
  • Detail Reports: Hospital administration can review how to improve hospital services.
  • And many more…. Check out what Xceednet can do for you here.

If you’re interested, you can try Xceednet for FREE for one month. Please submit your information here and our support team will contact you setup and configure your MikroTik router and you will be ready to provide WiFi service in your hospital in no time.

Communication with Patients

It is important that patients and/or their families receive clear and understandable information, especially about medicine dosing.

Research showed that for every 2 medicines prescribed by doctors, only 1 is taken by the patient in the way the doctor advised.

There are 3 possible reasons why such a situation happens:

  • The patient forgot.
  • Failed to understand the instructions
  • The patient didn’t believe the medicine helps due to lack of information

A portal page from a WiFi network can help in interacting with patients and their families in real-time. Because of this, information is readily available for patients in a more flexible and personalized way.

Also, patients won’t have to memorize what their doctors advised and prescribed. They can simply refer to the portal they were provided with. They can search for their condition, treatments, and other relevant information they needed.

Better if the hospital has app patients can download and sign up. Then, the patients can use the app to check for updates like:

  • Next check-ups
  • Promotions about healthcare and clinical services
  • Advises from their doctors

Moreover, wifi helps in delivering patient information with more clarity. Some healthcare practitioners wrongly assume their explanations and pieces of advice are easy to understand.

A wifi system would enable patients to read more information. In turn, doctors and nurses would be more certain that the patients understand what they explained to them.

Improvement of Hospital Services Through Feedback

Feedback from patients about hospital services helps the doctors, nurses, staff, and hospital administrator understand the functionality of their overall system as well as the individual departments.

Then, the hospital staff can improve operations from the patients’ suggestions or complaints. Any appreciations or compliments a patient leaves to hospital staff or department are also received. They help increase motivations and fulfillment.

In addition, if the hospital administrators would like to analyze the hospital performance at the core, the feedback from the patient helps.

However, asking for feedback from patients is somewhat daunting. But with WiFi, the hospital could simply send a notification or message to the patient through their registered device.

On the patient’s part, giving feedback through the network is convenient. Patients are more likely to voice out their true feelings about the services they received.

At the same time, providing feedback through WiFi means concerns and compliments are noted faster. The hospital staff can then attend to negative feedback from a patient quickly. This response leads to more satisfaction and trust of the patient.