Improved healthcare through Wireless Broadband

Developments such as electronic health records, telemedicine and the Internet of Things are pushing the boundaries of how and where healthcare is delivered. Medical professionals are helping patients everywhere, from clinics and hospitals to pop-up locations. To deliver the best possible care to patients in all these locations, it is essential to have a flexible, reliable and secure internet connection at all times. With Cradlepoint’s 4G/5G routers and NetCloud Service, a stable and reliable LTE and 5G Wireless WAN connection can be established. This allows you, for example, to provide institutions within the healthcare industry with access to applications that help save lives and improve the quality of life. As a specialized 4G/5G Wireless WAN & IoT distributor, we are happy to provide you with more information on key features and important options to consider in making your hardware choice.

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Wireless broadband in healthcare

Advances in 5G, Edge and IoT are creating more and more new opportunities to drive advances in healthcare. By allowing devices to talk to people and to each other, healthcare becomes more efficient and better. For example, patients can see their doctor sooner by having a remote appointment, and teachers can teach a hands-on class online to multiple students at the same time. We discuss some examples of healthcare applications below:

Pop-up locations

LTE and 5G routers enable healthcare facilities to set up temporary locations quickly and anywhere. Think of testing and vaccination facilities. In these types of locations, a wired connection is not always possible. Here, an LTE or 5G router from Cradlepoint with connectivity from Comgate can provide the solution. Big advantage of the Cradlepoint hardware is the easy set-up, this ensures that an IT professional is not needed on site. The IT team can centrally monitor and tune connectivity and security through a cloud-based network management platform such as Netcloud.

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Ambulances & Medical Vehicles

The communication about an incoming patient between medical vehicles and hospitals is crucial for the correct and fast treatment of injuries or other accidents. Especially for time-sensitive scenarios such as a person having a stroke. For this application, it is vital that the connectivity is powerful and reliable so that the built-in video communication and data transfer is always flawless.

Telemedicine

Telemedicine visits are common today for all types of care. LTE and 5G routers can be sent home with physicians and/or used in a clinic, enabling high-bandwidth, low-latency video streaming at both ends of a telemedicine appointment. This results in the doctor being able to perform more appointments in a day or patients who are unable to physically visit the doctor can still have an appointment with the doctor.

Cradlepoint hardware

Within the healthcare sector, you need to take a number of things into account when choosing the right hardware. As a specialist, we are happy to give you a number of tips to make you think. First of all, it is necessary that the routers have high security measures. Patient records and data can contain very sensitive information and must be protected against hackers or other malicious parties at all times. Cradlepoint offers several solutions for this. Every Cradlepoint router has a built-in firewall that rejects all unsolicited incoming traffic by default. You can also build in extra security through Netcloud Manager by using ‘Threat detection’ and ‘Web Filtering’ for example. In this way, you can be sure that the mobile Internet connection within healthcare institutions runs safely.

Secondly, a redundant Internet connection is very important. Therefore, it is advisable to select a router with Dual Sim within healthcare facilities. This allows you to set up two SIM cards from different providers in the router; one for primary internet and the other for backup. The work in hospitals, healthcare facilities or doctor’s offices is of great importance, human lives are at stake. When a patient’s life is in danger, the internet connection cannot be fast enough or even fall down. By choosing a router with dual sim you will always have a backup for emergencies.

Do you need customization for your use case? Our sales team will be happy to assist you. You can send an email to: Sales@capestone.com or call: 085 111 0838.

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