In a hospital, a reliable Wi-Fi network isn’t just about convenience – it’s linked to the delivery of critical services, from IV pumps to oxygen monitors. Every second a network is down could have the potential to contribute to a life-threatening situation.
But trying to diagnose network issues without the right diagnostic tools isn’t just frustrating – it’s often pointless.
It becomes difficult to determine if a problem is wired, wireless, or device-related. And the more time a hospital’s medical devices are offline or the Electronic Health Records (EHR) can’t connect, the more patient safety and care can suffer.
Hospitals are increasingly reliant on wireless devices: Forbes magazine reports that the market for medical Internet of Things (IoT) devices alone will reach $136.8 billion by 2021 – with 3.7 million devices already in use. Legacy Wi-Fi networks aren’t equipped to handle the fast-growing number of wireless devices demanding access – and too often it causes them to slow down or stop working altogether.
Wi-Fi outages are relatively common in healthcare; a Becker’s “Hospital Review” report states that 96 percent of 50 large medical institutions surveyed had recently experienced at least one unplanned system downtime. Big hospitals lose a minimum of $1 million for every hour a system is down, the report said.
But money is far from the biggest concern when an unhealthy network puts the health of a hospital’s patients at risk.
7SIGNAL ensures that connectivity issues don’t deter doctors and other caregivers from delivering the highest quality of patient care. Our automated performance management solutions significantly reduce the time and money hospitals spend on Wi-Fi issues, troubleshooting problems in 30 seconds or less.
7SIGNAL ensures that hospitals experience fewer issues with their wireless networks, no matter where caregivers and patients roam in the building. It relies on a system of sensors, clients, apps, and agents that measure performance from the hospital’s point of view and proactively reports where Wi-Fi experiences are bad (and why) before a helpdesk call is ever made.
7SIGNAL stands out from other products on the market with the ability to measure the wireless network and device, providing both passive and active holistic views of the network.
Its solution “lives on the edge” where wireless experiences matter most: out in the environment. It runs continuously in the background, analyzing what’s occurring in the air between medical devices and access points, and alerting the IT team the instant a problem is detected.
Here are seven ways hospitals like Kaiser Permanente are reaping the benefits of becoming a 7SIGNAL “Connected Hospital:”
Connected devices and workstations have become an intrinsic part of the day-to-day operations of hospitals. That makes fast, reliable Wi-Fi more critical than ever. Hospitals that implement 7SIGNAL’s Wi-Fi performance management solutions report a reduction in patient safety issues, increased patient satisfaction, and rapid helpdesk resolutions. And that leaves doctors and other caregivers free to do what’s mission critical: deliver the highest quality of patient care.
7SIGNAL offers Wi-Fi performance management solutions that ensure connectivity issues don’t prevent hospitals from delivering exceptional patient care. Contact us to learn about becoming a 7SIGNAL Connected Hospital, improving patient satisfaction, reducing medical errors, and enjoying rapid resolution of network problems.