With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing new challenges to healthcare infrastructure that is already stretched thin, now is the time to start taking steps to improve connectivity.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck with force in early 2020, everyone from nurses and doctors to government leaders have been working to figure out how best to combat the crisis. Last summer, Dr. Fauci and others testified that testing, contact tracing, research and development, and modernization of research databases and data capabilities are critical areas of current and future response work to COVID-19.
In order to deal with the continuous challenges of the pandemic — and to support proactive efforts to better manage the virus — healthcare providers need to start modernizing their IT infrastructure. Hospitals, in particular, should make sure their networks can handle the many added strains of the pandemic. Not only have they been stretched to capacity — with 100,000 people in the hospital for COVID-19 in the US in early December — hospitals also continue to be a favorite target for cyber criminals.
As wired and wireless communications continue to play a significant role in winning the fight against the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that healthcare providers have modernized IT infrastructures that can support their efforts.
Even before COVID-19, hospitals were encountering a lot of challenges with their IT networks. These commonly relate to:
When a healthcare facility’s network isn’t able to meet the demands placed on it, essential services like communication between care providers and the real-time availability of patient data can suffer. This can seriously impact the patient experience as well as clinical outcomes.
In addition to these long-term challenges, healthcare facilities are now facing a slew of new challenges specifically related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. On top of their existing difficulties, these facilities now need to navigate:
With all the obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are recognizing that new network investments are required to meet these challenges head on and support rapidly increasing demand. Fortunately, there are a lot of options available to help them do that.
The best place to start is with a network assessment that can identify the areas that most need improving. Given the outdated nature of the IT infrastructure in many healthcare facilities, it’s likely that they will need end-to-end networking solutions to meet patient needs. That will likely include adding strategically located Wi-Fi access points that can help with connectivity in the face of a complicated physical layout and large numbers of devices all connecting to the network.
Another good option for healthcare facilities is to invest in predictive network analytics, which can help identify problems before they occur and test important systems regularly to make sure they are working as expected.
To effectively modernize their infrastructure, healthcare facilities need to turn to a partner with experience in healthcare that can find the right solutions for their specific needs. With nearly three decades of experience working with healthcare providers, Turn-key Technologies Inc. (TTI) can find the right solutions to help you start improving your connectivity. Contact us today to learn more about how TTI can help your facility.
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