With increasing hospital admissions, administrators are increasingly seeking to create models of healthcare deployment that provide value for money, are economic, scalable, secure and, above all, efficient.
The vision of the connected hospital is a simple one: a place where wireless technology allows caregivers and patients to roam around the hospital freely while providing accurate and timely monitoring. The vision itself stems from a technological evolution, which has seen an increasing number of wireless medical devices in the hospital environment. In a connected hospital, caregivers can use powerful wireless medical equipment to provide the best quality care to patients, instead of being distracted by time-consuming administrative tasks.
Data security, infrastructure, and a reluctance to adopt this technology are among the challenges addressed in this paper.