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Topic: Mobile Devices In Healthcare

Hospital WiFi Has a Performance Issue: The Need for Wi-Fi Management
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Hospital WiFi Has a Performance Issue: The Need for Wi-Fi Management

Remember the days when doctors used to take notes with a pen and pad of paper? Or how most if not all of your medical records were physically filed away? (This was why it was such a headache to request to see them, it took forever to get them out!) What about how prescriptions were not sent automatically to your pharmacy, instead you had to drop off the prescription and then go back later to pick it up? Health care providers have seen notable changes in the way they operate with regards to efficiency, the patient experience, security, and availability to patients due to the advancement and implementation of new wireless (and paperless) technology. However, just like with the old system of pen and paper, there are many new challenges and getting the most out of your new hospital wireless network takes a lot of organization. Hospitals and other health care providers have a lot on their plates. Everything from the patient experience, to their staff's productivity and efficiency, to implementing an EHR or EMR system and adhering to HIPPA compliance standards. Suggested Reading - "Accessing EHR's Via Mobile Devices on Your Hospital Wireless Network" There's also network issues themselves, such as BYOD, outdated wired infrastructure, bandwidth and/or capacity demands and network security risks. It's a complex environment to say the least and in today's mobile world your wireless infrastructure interacts with everything and affects your entire hospital or medical office. Even traditional methods of keeping track of medical records (filing system) required exceptional management strategies to make sure everything ran smoothly and the same can be said about today's hospital wifi networks. To help you maximize your wireless network we've put together a simple guide explaining how hospital wifi management works as well as 4 major benefits you can expect to see from having it in place.

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11 Myths About 802.11ac on Hospital Wireless Networks
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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
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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
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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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7 Keys to Planning a Secure BYOD Policy in Healthcare
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7 Keys to Planning a Secure BYOD Policy in Healthcare

Imagine for a moment that you are back in elementary school and have just been awarded the orange sash and badge, making you an official Safety Patrol Officer! White gloves and whistles may have stopped your peers from crossing the street but those adornments don’t do much in the way of halting to peer-to-peer file sharing on your hospital wireless network.

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15 Features of Mobile Device Management in Healthcare
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15 Features of Mobile Device Management in Healthcare

Various studies and surveys have shown that the use of wireless devices continues to grow at exponential rates in the healthcare industry, which falls in line with the overall trend in society. Like the rest of the World, health care providers are not immune to the allure of the glowing tablet. There is no pill or injection that will slow the spreading trend like many of the diseases providers are trying to treat.

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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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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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6 Tips for BYOD in Healthcare
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6 Tips for BYOD in Healthcare

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in healthcare is more than just a fad. It's a movement toward a different kind of hosp ital environment. Healthcare professionals are now expecting to use devices they are comfortable with in their day to day responsibilities. With the loads of apps for medical professionals it’s no wonder hospitals everywhere have felt the unrelenting pressure to integrate BYOD on their hospital wireless networks.

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Hospital Wifi and the Growth of iPads: Why Doctors Love Them So Much
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Hospital Wifi and the Growth of iPads: Why Doctors Love Them So Much

These days it seems like everyone especially healthcare professionals have fallen in love with the iPad. Since the launch of Apple’s iPad in 2010, doctors and other healthcare professionals have been bringing them in their offices and onto hospital wireless networks. With the continued growth of hospital wifi, so to has the use of iPads. They present healthcare providers with ways to improve care and documentation workflows, provide improved and more engaged patient interactions, and to deliver instant easy access to medical references and tools.

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4 Reasons hospital wireless networks should implement iPads
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4 Reasons hospital wireless networks should implement iPads

Ever since it hit the market in 2010 iPads have been popping up everywhere and are constantly being used in new and interesting ways, and now they are showing up in hospitals country wide. The importance and usage of the tablet devices like iPads on hospital wireless networks will only grow in the next few years. iPads are extremely useful in hospital for a variety of reason that would take me all day to list so here are 4 ways to use iPads on your hospital wireless network.

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Future Trends for Hospital Wireless Networks

Future Trends for Hospital Wireless Networks

Instead of hovering over patients, doctors are not starting to sit with them bedside, Ipad in hand, diagnosing and ordering prescriptions with just a few taps on a screen. Technology has changed and made improvements over the past few years to how professionals inside healthcare communicate and provide quality care. 

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