February 06, 2013

Healthcare IT Drives Clinical Financial Viability through Connectivity

Our world is completely connected.  Whether it is through social media, text, email, or just by a plain old phone call, we can be reached at any time in any place and expect to be able to communicate no matter where we are.  In today’s connected world, no matter where you find yourself, staying connect to loved ones, business associates, and just about anyone that may want to reach you is not only a luxury, but is expected.  This does not change just because you are a patient in the hospital.  Patients want to stay connected to their social media and family as well as access information about the procedures they are experiencing in their treatment; most likely by their personally-owned mobile devices.  The question for healthcare IT is how can you balance the technical requirements to support a vast networking infrastructure cost effectively to support patient BYOD while maintaining control and visibility to all of the devices accessing the network, clinical, biomedical, or patient-owned?  How can this be accomplished while adhering to HIPAA compliance?

mHeath and BYOD are growing trends in health IT and with good reason.  Patients and clinicians are demanding to be mobile and they want to use their own devices!   In a recent mHIMSS Mobility Survey, 65% of clinicians stated that they are accessing patient information while using mobile apps at the point of care.  However, one of the main barriers for true mobility in healthcare is the lack of funding and IT resources to deploy, support, and secure pervasive wireless connectivity.  Finding a way to cost effectively and efficiently support a vast array of mobile devices on the wireless healthcare infrastructure is a daunting challenge.

Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI is leading the way for supporting mHealth initiatives and managing patient and clinical access using BYOD.  Henry Ford Health System required continuous availability of the Wi-Fi network to support their mobility initiatives, which included supporting a multitude of mobile biomedical devices, patient and visitor BYOD and the wireless infrastructure to support improved EHR access in conjunction with their massive, 20,000 user Epic deployment.  We welcome you to download the HFHS case study and learn how pervasive and cost-effective wireless networking enables complete mobility on 5 hospital campuses.

You can download our comprehensive case study on Henry Ford Health or join us on March 3-5th at HIMSS 2013 in New Orleans.  Two principle architects for the 100% wireless network will be on hand to provide VIP Virtual Tours of their facilities as well as answer questions regarding security, visibility, and biomedical device integration on Wi-Fi.  We look forward to you joining us in New Orleans!

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