What 3G and 4G did for consumers by putting the internet in their pockets, 5G will do for a range of industries including healthcare, by connecting not only billions of people, but billions of things.
5G’s fast speeds, flexibility and security open new opportunities for hospital and medical center operations. The network can offer secure, high-bandwidth connectivity for use cases like remote surgeries, robotics and point of care testing capabilities.
When assessing 5G technologies, many factors are at play. Questions I often receive from healthcare executives are: Do I need Wi-Fi or cellular? Wireless or wired? Should I manage networks in-house or outsource?
For starters, hospitals can no longer do it alone or rely on public Wi-Fi networks. These traditional networks can pose security, congestion and reliability issues. Thanks to incredible engineering and opening of new airwaves from the FCC, hospitals in the U.S. have new options. Options like private networks.
Private, dedicated cellular networks are custom-built for business. Private wireless networks can power new use cases that elevate patient care and retain valuable hospital staff. They can be used to facilitate healthcare operations, including:
- Integrated safety and security management
- Telerobotic systems connectivity
- On-demand electronic health records and digital images
- Connected utilities and predictive equipment
- Increased point-of-care testing capabilities
- HIPAA compliance optimized for secure patient data
- Reliable device connectivity throughout hospital campus
Unlike a network running over Wi-Fi shared by many users and applications, solutions like a Boingo Private Network can be configured with cellular technology to a hospital’s specific location needs, with total control, data insights and robust layers of security.
The dedicated bandwidth of a private network opens the door to connect more devices wirelessly—from IoT equipment and sensors to handheld patient care devices—without quality concerns when more devices are added.
As hospitals navigate impacts of a global pandemic, private networks can help them capitalize on digital transformation and protect digital health investments.