What Is The Best WiFi System For Medical Practices?

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Derek O'Carroll

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Technology has revolutionised nearly all industries in the world today. The medical sector itself has seen some of the greatest advances and this includes primary care settings. With clinical systems (such as EMIS) playing a pivotal role in the management of a practice, a reliable connection is a must. When looking for a new WiFi provider, it’s crucial to find one that can supply a secure, robust system.

What Are The Benefits Of A WiFi System For Medical Practices?

The benefits of a reliable WiFi system can be split into two key areas; the benefits for the practice staff and the benefits for patients. In this next section we’re going to outline both:

Benefits to patients:

  • When waiting for their appointment, or during their consultation, patients can access their personal health records to look up information
  • Whilst at the practice they can download (and use) relevant health apps to monitor their conditions and improve their overall wellbeing
  • Rather than create a large queue at your reception desk, patients can manage their appointments and medication requests from their devices whilst sat in the waiting room
  • For those who are anxious, free WiFi can help calm their nerves and keep them distracted. Parents can also play videos for their children whilst they wait to see a doctor
  • And generally, a WiFi connection allows patients to keep in touch with friends and family whilst receiving care as well as browse social media and check their emails 

Whilst all of the above is possible with 3G/4G/5G, this in itself has its own issues. Patients may only get a weak signal within the practice and others simply may not have any data to use.

Benefits to staff:

  • Clinicians can direct patients to online support and show them the apps, websites and other services available to them
  • Doctors can offer online consultations from anywhere in the building, including side rooms that may not have previously been connected to the internet
  • Clinicians can access medical records throughout the practice, rather than just in consulting rooms, giving both significant savings in time and reduction in delays in treating patients
  • Multiple laptops and tablets can be used in practice meetings rather than the one desktop computer in a consultation room 
  • GPs in the community can access and retrieve patient records securely on a laptop at the practice before going out on home visits where they might not have access to a secure connection, or one at all

What Are Common Requirements For A Medical Practice WiFi System?

Reliability. Whilst reliability is important for any business, it’s particularly crucial for medical practices. With patient’s health records, contact details, appointments and prescriptions all online, having access to them at all times is a necessity. When choosing a new medical practice WiFi system, reliability is of high importance.

Security. Patient medical records are highly confidential. A system without business-grade security leaves patient’s data and health information vulnerable to hackers.

Separate Networks. As previously outlined, practice WiFi benefits both patients and clinicians. However, having both using the same network raises security issues. Having separate networks for patients and staff is very important.

What Is The Best WiFi System For Medical Practices?

The best WiFi system for Medical Practices is Yo Telecom’s Full Coverage WiFi System. Our engineers create a structured network of hidden data cables. These go from from your main router to strategically located points throughout your practice. At Yo Telecom, we call these WiFi Access Points. These Access Points send and receive WiFi signals. They are physically hardwired into your main router and send out clean data that isn’t deteriorated in any way.

Whilst on site, one of our professional engineers ensures that the signal given out by each access point overlaps. They also check that it is all on one WiFi network. This means you can walk around your practice with all of your devices connected. Not only this, they will automatically connect to the access point with the best connection available, allowing you to utilise the fastest speeds.

The Benefits Of A Yo Telecom WiFi System:

– Business grade security (firewall)

A firewall is a security system that prevents unauthorised access to or from a private network. This is crucial to keep patient records confidential. A firewall protects this information from hackers.

– Separate guest network

Keeping patients on a separate network to your staff is also crucial for security. With a Yo Telecom WiFi system, we can set up two totally separate networks at your practice. Patients are still able to browse the internet, download their health apps and stay in touch with family and friends, all without the risk of security breaches.

– 100% WiFi coverage 

Depending on the size of your practice, you may not have been able to get a strong connection in every room previously. Because our expert WiFi engineers create a structured network within your practice we can guarantee full WiFi coverage. No matter the thickness of your walls or the size of your building, all packages come with a 100% coverage guarantee.

– 24/7 support

All of our packages also come with 24/7 technical support as standard. This means should your team ever have a question or a concern, they can speak to a member of our support team whenever they need to. Our team is always on hand to help answer any questions no matter how big or small, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

A reliable WiFi system has many benefits to a busy medical practice. Whilst switching providers might sound like a daunting task, our account managers are here to make the switchover process simple. Here at Yo Telecom, we don’t just provide WiFi systems, we also specialise in market-leading medical practice phone systems too. If you’re interested in hearing more about how our services can help your medical practice, enter your details in the form below today. One of our communication consultants will then be in touch to find out a bit more about your practice and explain what we can do for you.

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