The saying goes that if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. In a hospital setting, your primary resources (or “tools”) are doctors and nurses, yet if you try to address all aspects of patient care with medical professionals alone, patient care will suffer. Instead, hospitals must implement innovative technology tools to solve more healthcare issues, i.e., hit more nails on the head. In this regard, the most valuable technological resource a hospital can deploy is stellar network connectivity.
Indeed, access to fast and reliable Internet or Ethernet services in the healthcare industry has the potential to transform healthcare. Consider a 2015 study released by West Health Institute that revealed that 60 percent of the nurses polled felt medical errors could be significantly reduced with better device coordination. Not only does improved connectivity safeguard patient well-being, it helps healthcare providers save money too. In fact, the study went on to link these errors to $30 billion in annual costs to the U.S. healthcare system. (more…)