The transformation to digital records is underway, either due to your own initiatives or due to community initiatives to collaborate better with primary care physicians and acute care facilities.
The addition of networking capability to devices like nurse call systems and everyday objects (doors, thermometers, water sensors, signs) grows with each passing month. Your network needs to be ready for the hyper-connected future. This means that having physical connectivity – wired and wireless – throughout your facility is critical. This also means having sufficient bandwidth allocated throughout the network, but this need not mean over-provisioning. Your network needs to:
- Be user- and device-aware. A nurse accessing a charting application on an iPad to track a resident’s vital signs should not need to compete for network access and bandwidth with a resident streaming a video for entertainment. Staff needs and the needs of business applications should be prioritized over other, less critical, applications and users.
- Be application-fluent. User and device awareness is necessary, but not sufficient, to get the most out of your network investment. The network needs to be able to recognize and prioritize real-time applications like voice and video to make communications useable, with no delay or buffering.
With a network that is user-, device- and application-aware, you have enough bandwidth to meet the needs of the digital world that is emerging without over-spending on excess network
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