With a growing amount of the practice of medicine and public health is supported by mobile devices, Connectivity Wireless Solutions has deployed DAS in-building wireless coverage at 15 healthcare facilities, covering more than 20 million square feet of space so far this year.
Hospitals and healthcare facilities are adopting wireless for point of care delivery and workflow enhancements, access to patient records and delivery of test results, augmentation of VoIP communications, telemetry and wireless IV pumps, remote monitoring and diagnostics, and mobile medication management and prescription information.
“Increased wireless data usage is continuing to drive demand for capacity and coverage solutions in the healthcare setting, and as a result, demand for in-building wireless solutions such as distributed antenna systems,” said Bryce Bregen, vice president of sales and marketing of Connectivity Wireless Solutions
David Hartin, vice president of RF solutions at Connectivity Wireless Solutions adds, “We see the government mandates for adoption of electronic health records as a precursor driving adoption of mobile health applications to care providers and patients alike. The more electronic and mobile we become, the higher the capacity and coverage demands on our cellular wireless networks.”
Kaiser Permanente Goes Mobile with Android App
A good example of the mobile direction of health care, Kaiser Permanente was the first in the healthcare industry to make its entire electronic medical record system available to its 9 million members via Android and iPhone apps. The app quickly received 95,000 downloads.
Kaiser Permanente patients have access to lab results, diagnostic information, direct and secure email access to their doctors, and will also be able to order prescription refills.
Wireless a Cornerstone of Mobile Medical Treatment
Advances in remote patient monitoring are increasing convenience to patients and improving access to efficient data management for medical professionals, according to a report by GBI Research.
In order for these new medical technologies to flourish, however, there is a need for high-speed and comprehensive access to wireless networks, challenging the abilities of the current infrastructure, according to the report.
Technological advances such as Bluetooth low energy, ZigBee green power, Wi-Fi direct and EnOcean are enabling wireless sensor networks in the application of patient monitoring devices. Patient monitoring systems can also include GPS location tracking tools to respond to patients’ need for help.
Advances in sensor technology have resulted in the development of sophisticated patient monitoring systems based on biomedical sensors, which are used to create a wireless network system known as the Body Area Network (BAN). These sensors can measure patient vital signs such as blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and the electrical impulses of the heart and brain.
With monitoring devices that can collect and transmit health-related data, patients are no longer confined of wired bedside monitors.
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Sprint Goes for Remote, Wireless Monitoring
Partnering with Ideal Life, Sprint entered into the business of remotely monitoring patients last January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The service uses wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication to share information over the Sprint’s network. A “pod” device serves as a communication gateway, creating a remote network for instantaneous, secure, two-way communication between a user and his designated healthcare team. Once activated, the pod automatically syncs (pairs) with any of Ideal Life’s wireless monitoring devices.