Patients want it fixed and they want it fixed now. No, not just their leaky gallbladder or broken leg - they want the wireless access fixed too. Declining desktop computer sales make the need for hospital wireless networks to rise to the challenge of supporting not only patients, but doctors and devices in that environment.
There are many issues with wireless technology, but trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in healthcare are only growing, not shrinking like their plugged-in, wired desktop cousins. Want proof? Who would have thought that Intel would retire the motherboard?
Expect these other 5 Technology Trends in Hospital Wireless Networks to keep growing in alignment with the rest of the wireless networking industry.
1. Mobile Device Management
There are a number of definitions of what “MDM” really means. The important question to ask is what does it mean to your healthcare organization? What do you want to do with devices that are NOT owned by the hospital. How do you want to manage them? What applications do you want to manage? What do you want to do if a device leaves the building? There are hundreds of developers out there, but every single one of their solutions probably “does something different” than that of the competition. Get a firm grasp on “what it does” and then make a decision that is best for the organization to accomplish whatever goal it might be.
2. Mobile Applications
Mentioned above, the mobile applications that are being built for tomorrow are attempting to access more of your personal data to do “cool things”. Pretty much everyone with a computer in front of them is capable of doing enough research to start the process of building an application. Now, having it function properly might be a different story, but development of mobile applications will continue to grow, especially for the medical industry. So, you have to prepare your network defense systems to handle applications of all kinds across multiple devices and operating systems.
3. Cloud storage
Increasingly, the cloud is where it is at for many people. The cloud has it’s advantages and has some drawbacks but the bottom line is that it’s utilization is only going to continue to grow. With data centers springing up all over the world to store masses of information, expect the cloud to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue like a nice handful of cotton candy.
4. Software to Integrate
Software that helps integrate your systems and stops you from having to buy all the same components from all the same manufacturers makes sense. Software that allows medical devices and hardware to interact and “play nicely” with one another will be in high demand.
5. 3-D Printing
So this is one I recently saw on Grey’s Anatomy passing through the living room and was chuckling about someone actually being able to 3-D print portal veins, but who knows what could happen! The image to the right is actually a conceptual 3D-printed exoskeletal cast by Jake Evill. I’m sure this time 10 years ago, we weren’t thinking that doctors would be carrying around their personal iPads and securely accessing sensitive patient data.
Here at SecurEdge, we are experts on hospital wireless network design and we always plan for the future of wireless technology. We have worked with many hospitals throughout the United States to give them the ability to support todays increasing demand formobility. If you need help preparing your hospital wireless network for the future, download our Free Hospital Wireless Network Design kit below or contact us here for a FREE consultation. We are always more than happy to help or answer any of your questions. Good luck!