One of the key provisions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was made effective on January 1, 2014 which calls for healthcare providers to demonstrate and adopt the Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) to maintain the current Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement levels. Most of the healthcare providers have discover that adopting mobile solutions of EHRs is getting necessary in order to have access to updated Electronic Health Records and streamline the workflows.
Going mobile has its own challenge that varies from selecting the right appropriate factor to make sure wireless communication and mobile devices stay secure from unauthorized access.
Tips and tricks to keep in mind while deploying a Wi-Fi network in the hospital
This is an obvious area and is one of the most challenging. When making out the wireless survey. It is an important step to call out the wireless inhibitor such as bricks, wireless mesh and blocks. Furthermore extra attention needs to be made to the special areas inside the medical facility such operating rooms, radiology rooms, bio medical rooms and labs which may have equipment that will be upset the Wi-Fi signals.
With the proper planning one or more of the key areas will most probably be overlooked during the planning process of laying down wireless infrastructure. In a hospital apart from the doctors and nurses that work every day in specific parts of the hospital. Other clinical staff such as security personnel, IT staff, administration, visiting physicians and volunteers will also need access to the network to better perform their jobs. Correct security measures and bandwidth needs to be placed for the workers as well the guests that come to the hospital.
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With the careful network planning healthcare providers will have a better knowledge of how much bandwidth is necessary for their mobile user system. But due to the varying load on the network it gets difficult to create a flexible network that wouldn’t experience any issues. Keeping that in mind it gets important to add quality of service (QoS) capabilities for the wireless network design. Doing this will make sure that in the advent of heavy network use, physicians whose use of the network is critical and their decision directly affects the patient can perform their duties without any interruptions or delays.