The healthcare industry is evolving rapidly with large volumes of data and increasing challenges in cost and patient outcomes. Early adopters of AI in the healthcare space are reaping the benefits in terms of patient care and adding to their bottom line results, and everyone is taking notice. These companies are using AI for a number of scenarios including managing claims, detecting fraud, improving clinical workflows, and predicting hospital acquired infections.
A lot of AI is already being utilized in the medical field, ranging from online scheduling of appointments, online check-ins in medical centers, digitization of medical records, reminder calls for follow-up appointments and immunization dates for children and pregnant females to drug dosage algorithms and adverse effect warnings while prescribing multidrug combinations. AI-enabled computer applications will help primary care physicians to better identify patients who require extra attention and provide personalized protocols for each individual.
The healthcare industry is evolving rapidly with large volumes of data and increasing challenges in cost and patient outcomes. Early adopters of AI in the healthcare space are reaping the benefits in terms of patient care and adding to their bottom line results, and everyone is taking notice. These technologies have the potential to transform many aspects of patient care, as well as administrative processes within provider, payer and pharmaceutical organisations. IQSOFT offers IT Consulting, Firewall & UTM in Hospital, WiFi HotSpot system in metro cities like Bengaluru, New Delhi, NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai.
WiFi in Healthcare is revolutionising healthcare across the board but the biggest visible changes are taking place at the point of provision. Patients are now in more control of their treatment regimes than ever before and the relationships they have with their doctors are also evolving. A high performance wireless network can help hospitals in numerous ways. Many benefits of wireless focus around improving quality care, decreasing hospital expenses, and increasing communication between patients, doctors and hospital staff.
BENEFITS OF MANAGED WI-FI FOR HEALTHCARE
Imagine a hospital in which wireless technology enables visitors, healthcare professionals and patients to roam anywhere throughout the facility, while providing continuous, accurate, and real-time monitoring. This vision can only become reality through the integration of WiFi technology as an integral part of a hospital’s IT systems. The healthcare industry does an excellent job of making use of technology to support new and advanced medical care. However, hospitals can also use Wi-Fi to improve health outcomes for patients as well as their overall experience while in the facility.
With the right platform, hospitals can create a customized WiFi experience for each type of user: medical staff, non-medical staff, patients and visitors, each with their own level of access rights, security, bandwidth consumption and relevant features. Such tiered access can help hospitals increase staff productivity, generate new revenue streams and improve their overall patient and visitor experience.
The first obvious area to exploit the power and functionality of Wi-Fi is with connected medical and non-medical devices. This includes smart beds, monitoring devices, and testing devices like MRI and X-ray equipment. When equipped with Wi-Fi, these devices can connect with a central database or system that automatically update patients’ electronic medical records.
Doctors and nurses carrying tablets or other types of smart devices can then directly access a patient’s medical records anywhere throughout the hospital. This feature saves them precious time not having to search through copious paper files or locating a computer terminal to retrieve and enter medical information. It further enables medical staff to provide more efficient services, enhances patient care and improves productivity.
As artificial intelligence becomes more prevalent in assisting doctors with diagnosis and treatment, the benefits of managed WiFi are compounded.
Patients, and their families, are willing to pay for reliable Wi-Fi, so they can stay connected to the outside world. They can connect with friends and family through social media and access entertainment just as they would at home. Even though a hospital room may have a television and telephone, the average patient has become accustomed to seamless Internet access on their portable devices. When hospitals provide this level of access, they can potentially generate new revenue streams by charging for high-speed access and, at the same time, improving the overall patient experience. Hospitals can offer different tiers of speed and charge accordingly or provide the opportunity to make contributions to charitable foundations in exchange for internet access.
Hospital administrators can also use Wi-Fi to monitor and track key assets such as medical equipment. For example, tagging a wheelchair or other piece of mobile asset can provide administrators with a real-time view of where that equipment is located anywhere throughout the facility. This detailed knowledge helps reduce equipment theft and misplacement. Also, knowing where equipment is being used provides administrators with useful analytics about how the hospital functions.
Wi-Fi signals to help patients and visitors navigate hospital campuses. Many hospitals have buildings spread out across vast campuses. Once patients and visitors have found parking, they must then locate the correct building. Then, they must find the right floor, office number, room number, or desk to make their appointment or visit a loved one. Guiding patients and visitors can also represent a considerable unproductive use of staff time.
One of the major benefits of using a Wi-Fi Indoor positioning system is that it provides the hospital’s administration with a treasure trove of data about the movement of people throughout the hospital. They can collect data about where people are in each facility, where they tend to gather, how long it takes to move from one location to another, the average dwell time in specific locations, and other data that can help hospital administrators understand how their hospital functions.
Many healthcare IT teams are significantly challenged by the pace of change and increased complexity of new technologies, not to mention the various demands of other departments. The diversity and proliferation of devices, range of operating systems, security threats, new business requirements, technology lifecycle, and upcoming IoT all represent a challenge for understaffed and budget-stretched IT departments.
The benefits of reliable WiFi within the healthcare industry are no longer just useful to the patient. WiFi is being used for oxygen monitoring devices, smart beds, access to electronic medical records (EMRs) and real-time access to X-rays and MRI scans.
This type of connectivity, which provides the user with anytime, anywhere access, allows clinicians to provide accurate and timely patient monitoring and focus on the best quality of patient care, rather than administrative tasks.
Therefore the increasing numbers of wireless medical devices in hospitals has led to the ultimate goal: improved patient care.
Having reliable access to the Internet has huge potential to improve the healthcare experience for patients themselves, from appointment reminders to increasing connection to the outside world during hospital stays. WiFi in healthcare enhances communication with friends and family, provides entertainment, permits access to the workplace and generally reduces a feeling of isolation.
This improved communication is also beginning to improve non-attendance levels, a factor that costs healthcare providers a lot of money each year.
It’s a moment every parent dreads. Having a child who is poorly can be emotional; both the parent and child have probably not had much sleep. Waiting for the doctor can test even the most hardened character when they are with a cranky, sick and tired child. Thankfully, our smartphones and mobile devices have all the games and apps a child might need to keep them fully entertained. WiFi could be seen as an essential in this scenario.
In a sector where everything is driven by targets and patient satisfaction, it’s important to get meaningful feedback. A centre might get feedback information on how easy it was to book an appointment, what patients think of the care they received and whether they needed a repeat appointment.
Useful feedback ensures all the medical centre staff are aware of patient views and can continue to deliver the best service possible.
Healthcare centres can ask for feedback on services via e-shots whilst the patient is waiting for their appointment, or when they get home.
Providing WiFi gives you the opportunity to provide a more personalised experience for patients. Age related information could be sent out for the over 60s, vaccine information sent to parents of young children and gender specific information on relevant health-care check-ups.
Dentists could send promotional offers for teeth whitening or email information about their dental plan.
As well as trying to make the patient experience as smooth as possible for patients, healthcare providers remain conscious of the expenses involved in allocating resources. It is of course important to bear costs in mind and ensure that services are implemented and used in an effective manner.
WiFi technology could be used further to track wheelchairs, allowing staff to locate them easily and reducing instances of equipment going missing. Presence analytics also identify which rooms are being used the most, so the hospital can adjust resources accordingly.
The newest cyber vulnerabilities are not necessarily an organization’s biggest cyber threat. It is found that most breaches are about money and attackers usually take the easiest route to obtain the information they need. Consequently, many common threats continue to be problematic in health care, including:
Due to the significant financial impact of data breaches in health care, health informatics and other professionals are playing an important role in ensuring that medical organizations remain secure.
Individual health care organizations can improve their cyber security by implementing the following practices:
In addition to these recommendations, health data professionals are continually developing new strategies and best practices to ensure the safety of sensitive health data, protecting both the patient and organization from financial loss and other forms of harm.
Healthcare providers depend heavily on their network to care for patients, and downtime is not an option. The digital transformation, emerging networking trends, federal regulations, and patient expectations are placing an increasingly large burden on healthcare networks. We help healthcare organizations transform their networks into scalable, secure, uninterrupted and bandwidth-flexible infrastructures to support existing and future requirements.
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