Wi-Fi® connects providers with patients across a variety of environments

Already widely deployed for traditional networking throughout the healthcare vertical, Wi-Fi is driving new improvements the flexibility and efficiency of clinical services in healthcare environments. The market for Wi-Fi healthcare services will grow to $1.34 billion by 2016. Wi-Fi is well suited for these dynamic environments because it offers high performance, government-grade WPA2 security, has a large installed base, and offers a ubiquitous ecosystem. Not just for use in hospitals and clinical settings, Wi-Fi also offers a solution to the growing personal health and fitness market.

There are a variety of applications that use and rely on Wi-Fi. Those include infusion pumps, oxygen monitoring devices, and smart beds, alongside mission-critical information applications such as access to electronic medical records (EMRs) and real-time access to X-rays and MRI scans. Medical telepresence delivered via Wi-Fi helps scale provision of high-quality health care to remote and underserved areas.

Wi-Fi helps healthcare IT managers eliminate the struggle associated with onboarding of new devices, and the technology is well suited to meet the growing connectivity demands from patients and their families in waiting rooms and lobbies. As the number of Wi-Fi devices connecting to healthcare networks grows, use of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED equipment helps ensure widespread interoperability and a good user experience.

A continuous roadmap of advancements bring new capabilities to healthcare

The latest version of Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac, offers healthcare facilities a significant performance leap, without sacrificing core competencies like interoperability, security and ease of use. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices are backward compatible, so newer devices will seamlessly interoperate with current devices. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac devices are also expected to include Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n, and dual-band networks will enable more capacity, higher throughput, better coverage and lower latency in healthcare environments.

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