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Topic: Hospital Wireless Network

3 Ways RTLS Can Help You Avoid Chaos During a Hospital Emergency
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3 Ways RTLS Can Help You Avoid Chaos During a Hospital Emergency

Hospitals seem to be the definition of organized chaos. However, this isn’t always the case, if you're not careful an emergency situation can spiral out of control. Since this is a central location for emergencies and disasters, there’s always a chance of things getting out of hand, which is why an RTLS solution can help make sure that hospitals remain a safe and efficient operation not only for the staff but for their patients as well.

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What's Holding Your Hospital Wi-Fi Network Back From Supporting BYOD?
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What's Holding Your Hospital Wi-Fi Network Back From Supporting BYOD?

BYOD is one of those "buzzwords" in health care that everyone is sort of tired of hearing about, however, the fact remains that many hospitals still struggle to support this basic expectation amongst mobile users today. The benefits of allowing your hospital staff, patients and guests to use their own smartphones, laptops and tablets in the hospital environment has been well documented; employees and patients are happier, more productive and receiving better care, all while lowering operational costs. But it's not all good news for hospital CIO's unfortunately. Despite the success of BYOD and it's many benefits, there are still several major challenges associated with bring your own device. With all of those devices in one place not having the right strategy in place can have a significant impact on your wireless infrastructure, network security, and your bottom line.

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How to Improve the Patient Experience: Utilizing Beacons
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How to Improve the Patient Experience: Utilizing Beacons

Lately there has been a lot of talk about IoT (Internet of Things) and beacon technology, specifically how it will impact our mobile experiences. Although relatively new beacon technology is quickly expanding into almost every industry, including health care. Beacons combined with the right mobile apps offer hospital CIO’s an amazing opportunity to enhance the user experience through more efficient processes and improved patient-care. The only question now is how.

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Stop Calling a Site-Survey a Wireless Network Design
Mobility

Stop Calling a Site-Survey a Wireless Network Design

One of the most frustrating terms in the wireless industry is the term “site-survey”; it means one thing to some and a completely different thing to others. The reality is that having such a mixed consensus on what the term really means is confusing and in a lot of cases causes the wrong expectations and ultimately a poorly designed, poor performing WLAN. It’s time we try and settle the confusion.

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How to Maximize Your School Wireless Network with Secure Mobility
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How to Maximize Your School Wireless Network with Secure Mobility

On June 29th, 2007 the world as we knew it had changed forever. This was day that the iPhone was first introduced and while some may argue this point, I believe that this day also introduced the world to what we now call “Secure Mobility”. Since the explosion of mobile devices and apps a lot has changed, especially when it comes to how we think about designing and building networks.

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11 Myths About 802.11ac on Hospital Wireless Networks
Mobility

11 Myths About 802.11ac on Hospital Wireless Networks

Healthcare facilities that might have been considering a wireless network refresh now have another reason to move forward with those plans. Earlier this week at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, the IEEE announced approval of IEEE 802.11acTM-2013 as the new industry standard for wireless connectivity.

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BYOD on 802.11ac Hospital Wireless Networks
Mobility

BYOD on 802.11ac Hospital Wireless Networks

With 2013 coming to a close, most of our office phones keep ringing with complicated issues that involve wireless devices. In 2014, we expect that trend to continue as more consumers add tablets to their tables and smartphones to their pockets. Some estimates indicate 64% of Americans now own a smartphone and more and more employers allowing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are feeling the squeeze on the available bandwidth.

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10 Vital Reminders for Secure BYOD in Healthcare
Mobility

10 Vital Reminders for Secure BYOD in Healthcare

Another week, another reported “cyber attack”. That might make you wonder what Edward Snowden is doing for a living in Russia these days. If you follow the story, you’ll see that hackers have stolen sensitive information from some of the larger social media networks and gained access to end user accounts. This time, hackers exploited vulnerable desktop computers - not necessarily the wireless devices that are brought into a healthcare facility.  

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The Future of Hospital Wireless Networks and How to Get on Board
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The Future of Hospital Wireless Networks and How to Get on Board

The next generation of wireless is here and gaining more momentum by the day!  The healthcare industry is quickly gaining similar speeds to this new technology when incorporating wireless into their hospitals for Real Time Location Services, hospital staff, and guests use.  So, what would this new technology bring if implemented in your current hospital wireless network and more importantly how should you begin the refresh? 

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5 Technology Trends on Hospital Wireless Networks

5 Technology Trends on Hospital Wireless Networks

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.

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Bringing BYOD to Hospital Wireless Networks

Bringing BYOD to Hospital Wireless Networks

The United States Food & Drug Administration so greatly understands the importance of BYOD (and more specifically wireless technology) that the organization stepped in to provide additional guidance with an updated official document entitled, “Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Radio Frequency Wireless Technology in Medical Devices.”

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Accessing EHR’s Via Mobile Devices On Your Hospital Wireless Network
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Accessing EHR’s Via Mobile Devices On Your Hospital Wireless Network

As the creation of mobile technology continues, so do the ways in which we can use them. App developers are constantly producing new innovative and robust apps to make our mobile technology experience more intuitive and instrumental by the day. Whether it is online shopping, mobile banking or for business applications, mobile devices remain an important part of our lives.

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Benefits of Real Time Location System on Hospital Wireless Networks
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Benefits of Real Time Location System on Hospital Wireless Networks

A hospital environment can be one of the most chaotic ever-changing spaces which some have deemed synonymous with a war zone.  At times when chaos is at peak levels, real time information can be a critical component to a hospital’s success rate in both efficiency and cost savings. This is where healthcare technology comes into play.  Real-time locations systems (RTLS) have the ability to track the specified location of people or objects within a certain area by running wirelessly with transmitter tags.  These tags can be placed on specified personnel or hospital equipment.  They can provide better patient care, less waste of resources and more revenue for the organization. 

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6 Helpful Hints On Securing Your Hospital Wireless Network
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6 Helpful Hints On Securing Your Hospital Wireless Network

Healthcare technology is changing rapidly with new laws being implemented regarding Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). Medical providers want a quick, efficient, accurate and secure method of keeping and exchanging records with wifi-enabled devices such as iPads or other brands of tablets. Maybe you have been a little too relaxed about securing your hospital wireless network?

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Securing Mobile Devices on Hospital Wireless Networks
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Securing Mobile Devices on Hospital Wireless Networks

It seems that our beloved mobile devices like tablets and smartphones are ubiquitous in today’s age.  Students are using iPads in the classroom as learning tools.  Consumers are swiping their credit cards on iPhones to purchase goods. Even the healthcare world, though slowly, has gained traction in this new mobility craze. As with all wireless infrastructures, security is the number one concern. 

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Survey Results: The Current State of Hospital Wireless Networks
Mobility

Survey Results: The Current State of Hospital Wireless Networks

There are a lot of changes going on in the world of wireless networking in healthcare organizations. Trends like BYOD for clinicians as well as for patients are on the rise. With the plethora of medical apps and increasingly “smarter” gadgets like smartphones and tablets, healthcare professionals now expect the use of personal mobile devices on hospital wireless networks. In this increasingly wireless world, patients and visitors expect to have Wi-Fi available to them as well. These needs will only continue to increase. Due to these demands, hospitals everywhere are feeling an unrelenting pressure to implement BYOD solutions, upgrade their wireless network infrastructure, and address security issues.

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