Industrial Strength Wireless
Wireless networks offer caregivers immediate access to patient information, whenever and wherever it is needed. In order to take full advantage of mobile solutions, you need a network that can stand up to the high demands of healthcare environments.
Because hospital wireless networks are asked to carry such a wide variety of traffic, distinct travel lanes must be provided for each type, whether it be guest and patient access, medical records and basic images, medical equipment information, or data from RFID-based real-time location systems for medical equipment.
Generally, traffic is segregated and assigned to one of several virtual private networks across several different Wi-Fi channels.
For example, because Wi-Fi chips now are built into medical equipment like infusion pumps, those clinical systems are best kept on a separate channel or virtual local area network (virtual LAN) so they don’t interfere with the data network.
Consider Imaging Needs
Radiology imaging services are now exclusively digital. Medical images of all modalities are transferred over both LANs and WANs. While extremely high-resolution medical images cannot be carried effectively over current Wi-Fi networks, basic images at lower resolution are often sent with medical records, which should be on their own separate virtual LAN or channel.
These records and images arrive at patients’ bedsides on mobile medical workstations that can be moved from one bedside to the next and require reliable Wi-Fi network access.
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