The healthcare is constantly changing and unsurprisingly, so is the technology that services it. A managed wireless network, such as a wireless local area network (WLAN) is set to revolutionise the healthcare field.
Patients are no longer just patients, they are akin to customers and so a certain level of service has come to be expected, even when experiencing the public system. This means that entertainment and amusement need to be catered for when someone is a patient. Without sufficient managed wireless LAN hospitals and healthcare facilities cannot sufficiently meet these demands and requests. Their expectations include a wide range of bedside electronic capabilities and activities including IPTV, phone communications and rapid WiFi networks and accessibility.
But it’s not just the patients that require wireless LAN but the medical staff and professionals need it to perform their jobs better than they ever have. With increasing competing demands placed on their time, resources, energy levels and decision making, all the tools and reserves available to them are made good use of. WLAN is set to provide ever increasing reliability, fast service and more capability than ever before and will more than meet these requirements.
Not only that but internal processes, procedures and systems are going to be improved significantly. One of the best facets of modern wireless technology is its ability to reduce manual process time beyond comprehension. It’s not just manual lodging and handling of files, data and information but the transferring of and retrieval of that now takes considerably less time and less staff power to do so. With revolutionary LAN systems in place, data is stored more quickly and can be accessed with a few keystrokes and a few seconds, rather than having to wait days or weeks for someone to collect from offsite.
The ability to retrieve data at the touch of a button will drastically improve patient and customer care as all our health records will be stored online and easily accessible. No longer will you have to remember your complete medical history and details and put yourself or your health at risk as data becomes instantly available and ready for your next appointments or as you administered into care.
In the US it’s deemed that ‘…wireless networks can also be used to provide a way for patients to take a proactive role in the medical process by reviewing
personal records and information at bedside, validating drug interaction data, and consider treatment options – all in real-time with the assistance of a qualified healthcare provider.’
One of the most remarkable ways in which wireless LAN will improve the lives of both staff and consumers of the healthcare industry is with location based services and platforms. No longer will people have to walk around aimlessly looking for the right room, floor, department or building and consume staff members’ time by asking for directions. With simple apps and directions on portable devices and smartphones, people can find their own way around easily and effortlessly, especially with reliable WLAN systems onsite.
Likewise, having reliable wireless LAN means that staff can be much more mobile around the facility or multiple facilities (or even offsite) and still remain connected and able to easily communicate. No longer, will healthcare services have to wait for a staff member to have to transport themselves from one side of a hospital or building to another to communicate patient needs or treatment.
The high usage area and convergence of many devices being utilised can sometimes compound and confuse a system to the point where there are serious delays, multiple crashes, data loss and poor internet performance. This is incredibly frustrating for everyone using it but is avoidable as we step into the future and embrace new wireless LAN technologies.
Additionally, being able to provide guest access, not just for patients but for their friends and family and other visitors means that all the facility’s data can be stored securely and not be interrupted or compromised. And with markedly improved technology and offerings these days, there’s no end to the high quality and super fast services.
It also means that having a highly dependable source with high performance, is less stressful and less pressure on everyone involved – from administration staff to healthcare professionals to the patient and their family members, even down to insurance providers. It makes everyone’s job and care more seamless and streamlined and is something to look forward to.