7SIGNAL 3-Bullet Value Proposition for Hospitals
The 7SIGNAL “Connected Hospital”
At a 7SIGNAL Connected Hospital patient satisfaction is high, medical errors are low and caregivers focus on patient outcomes, not connectivity. Every device is connected and communicating with the Electronic Health Record to ensure accurate patient records.
In the background of the Connected Hospital, 7SIGNAL is running continuously and troubleshooting the Wi-Fi network – alerting the IT team when issues arise – before a helpdesk call is made.
Under the leadership of its CIO, Tom Ogg, Akron Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in Northeast Ohio, continues to expand their use of Wi-Fi by implementing new web-based applications and adding clinical and other IoT devices while supporting a larger user population of caregivers and patients.
Hospital operations included 360 beds, 1,000 wireless access points and over 800 wireless client device connections running critical hospital wireless applications and terminals such as IV pumps, VoIP call badges, Workstations on Wheels, tablets, access to the Epic electronic medical record and billing systems, and guest networks. The number of medical Wi-Fi devices used for patient care purposes was expected to triple within 4 years and continue growing rapidly in the future.
7SIGNAL provided an enterprise-cloud solution that enables Akron Children’s Hospital to focus on patient outcomes, not connectivity. Caregivers and patients roam on connected devices throughout the hospital while 7SIGNAL provides continuous Wi-Fi monitoring, alerting and reporting in the background.
With this additional capability, Akron Children’s could now improve the hospital Wi-Fi network performance to better meet requirements for delivering exceptional patient care, as well as support mission critical applications and wireless medical devices. The system was initially deployed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Emergency Department (ED) and one remote clinical facility.
The team from Akron Children’s Hospital implemented corrective actions on these areas to improve Wi-Fi network performance and end user experience. The initial optimization phase delivered the following impact:
After being initially deployed in the NICU, ED and remote clinical locations, and with the upcoming Epic electronic medical record deployment, it was determined that the improved Wi-Fi network performance implemented in the three areas of the hospital were still insufficient for the planned rapid growth in device count, new applications and traffic volume growth. The decision was made to install 7SIGNAL in all critical clinical areas of the hospital and five remote medical facilities, as well as upgrade and optimize their Wi-Fi network to support new 802.11 standards.
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