How digital mobility enables care givers to deliver improved patient care and outcomes, while also improving the overall experience for patients.

Why mobility is important for healthcare providers, care givers and patients?

Digital mobility is becoming the way that healthcare organizations can decisively improve patient care pathways, meet patient and visitor expectations, provide security, and keep services simple and cost effective. Achieving these objectives will define the experience that hospitals, clinics and assisted living facilities, deliver for healthcare professionals and patients alike.

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Better care

Mobility allows clinicians to achieve higher standards of care, for example, by securely accessing electronic health/medical (EHR/EMR) records, 4K imaging and test results at the bedside, instead of having to leave a patient and log into a desktop some distance away.

Similarly, innovations such as monitoring devices embedded in wristbands make it possible for more patients to recover while at home, as doctors and care givers can track their progress remotely using real-time data. This reduces hospital costs and frees up beds for more urgent cases.

Achieving these advantages will never happen without the foundation of a Wi-Fi solution equipped with the strength and intelligence to support the demands of digitalization and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Higher expectations

Patients (not to mention their visitors and clinicians) represent a cross section of modern society. That means they expect instant, trouble-free access to everything online – no matter where they are or what they’re doing. A healthcare facility is no exception and people will want: online TV and videos, the ability to chat, instant message, interact with social media and perhaps even work using their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Satisfying such expectations obliges you to provide ultra, high-speed connections, new levels of bandwidth and improved coverage.

More robust security

The May 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack was a global phenomenon, paralyzing the IT infrastructure of many healthcare organizations including most of the UK’s National Health Service. It was a timely reminder of the cybersecurity threat faced by healthcare organizations in a digital world where data breaches can lead to legal actions and large regulatory fines, as well as severely damaging an organization’s reputation. Now more than ever, it makes sense to safeguard digital workflows and patient data across the LAN/WLAN network. The most efficient way to do this? Building security into the architecture of the Wi-Fi network itself, rather than relying solely on the legacy approach of defense at the perimeter. Healthcare organizations can’t afford to ignore the commercial imperatives of security, simplicity and cost efficiency. With that in mind, they should look for Wi-Fi solutions that are affordable, with a low TCO, and a proven capability for automatic onboarding of smart and IoT (Internet of Things) devices to support connected healthcare services. Wi-Fi systems must keep mobile clinicians connected, ensure that smart systems stay online, and eliminate the need for investment in the maintenance of old technology.

So how can ALE enable these benefits? Tune into my follow up blog next month for the answer.

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Daniel Faurlin

Daniel Faurlin

Director, Product & Solution Marketing and Head of Network Solutions for Healthcare - ‎Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Daniel is responsible for developing, positioning, communicating and educating internal and external clients, on the value proposition of ALE solutions in the Transportation and Healthcare verticals. He has worked in start-ups, small-to-large enterprise businesses, in a variety of executive leadership roles. Daniel is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

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