Improve patient safety and clinical productivity with intelligent Wi-Fi.
Drivers for Wi-Fi adoption in hospitals
In the last decade, hospitals have made significant investments in wireless technologies to improve:
- Patient Safety by deploying connected medical devices such as smart IV pumps, smart beds, and telemetry that alert clinicians to intervene in a timely fashion.
- Clinicians’ Productivity by providing care coordination systems such as Wi-Fi phones integrated with nurse call systems, EHR access from computers on wheels, etc.
- Patient Satisfaction by providing Internet access to patients and visitors so that they can connect with friends and family and receive support from them.
But the promise of these improvements remains unfulfilled without a suitable Wi-Fi infrastructure.
Microcell Wi-Fi is the problem
Hospital Wi-Fi ecosystems comprise life-critical, mission-critical, and consumer-critical applications with each having different requirements from wireless. Wi-Fi is a shared medium and in a conventional microcell-based network the applications compete for the same resources and interfere with each other. Microcell-based Wi-Fi networks have other significant limitations, especially in highly mobile environments that make it challenging to deliver high reliability in hospital environments.
Hospitals compensate for such limitations with workarounds, such as relying on wired connectivity for Life Critical devices or overhead paging despite deploying Wi-Fi phones, or asking nurses to stop walking when they get a voice call. Such workarounds create patient safety risks, slow down clinicians, and ultimately make patients unhappy.
The Meru Uninterrupted Care Network is the solution
With the specific needs of hospitals in mind, Meru developed the Uninterrupted Care Network (UCN). UCN enables hospitals to create separate, dedicated channels for life-critical, mission-critical, and consumer-critical applications, utilizing unique RF Channel Layering technology. UCN empowers hospitals to:
- Improve patient safety and quality of care by isolating life-critical applications from all other wireless traffic
- Increase clinician efficiency by providing reliable, pervasive Wi-Fi coverage for mission-critical applications and by enabling physicians to use the mobility platform of their choice (BYOD) in the hospital, clinic, or home
- Improve patient satisfaction by allowing patients to stay connected with family and friends and to stream music and videos
- Enable HIMSS Stage 6 with high-availability wireless network
- Untether care staff from the hard-wired nurses station to improve care and efficiency
- Support high bandwidth for diagnostic, ER, and OR services with 802.11ac
- Cover buildings and grounds with cost-saving, easy-to-manage Meru network
- Improve the safety and well being of residents with Wi-Fi location tracking
- Replace inadequate nurse call systems with wireless pull cords and pendants
- Establish an uninterrupted care network for medical equipment and communications
- Expand wireless coverage with fewer access points, on a single channel
- Track down and address network issues quickly
- Improve safety and care for elderly residents with widely varying needs
- Converge telephony, nurse call, EHR, real-time location over Meru WLAN
- Establish a remotely supportable wireless network for multiple sites
- Create a reliable wireless network for EHR and patient care initiatives
- Minimize disruption to care for network deployment and management
- Enable technology-assisted organizational change
- Coordinate care and improve response times using Wi-Fi enabled devices
- Layer channels to separate and protect critical care functions
- Improve resident safety while maximizing autonomy with location monitoring