Radio frequency (RF)-based wireless networks that connect mobile devices are becoming an important part of a hospital's utility infrastructure, according to an article on the Health Facilities Management website.
Understanding a healthcare facility's current and future wireless needs is the first step in a network planning effort.
There are many healthcare-specific devices that could potentially be linked to an organization’s Wi-Fi network.
When assessing the network's needs, among the questions to ask are:
• What is and isn't critical and how quickly the answer may change
• How do mobile applications affect automated data entry and increase wireless demand, such as when electronic health record usage begets more related use of apps, streaming and long-term connected devices
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