A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Enterasys Networks has found that resellers have only sold WiFi solutions to a third (36%) of NHS trusts for patients.
With NHS spending set to rise by 4.2 percent this year, reaching an annual spend of £830 million by 2015-16, this presents resellers serving the healthcare sector with an opportunity to upgrade outdated network infrastructures with WiFi enabled technology that accommodates for the BYOD movement in today’s highly connected and mobile world.
Mark Pearce, strategic alliance director at Enterasys Networks said: “There are so many ways that WiFi can be used to benefit patients as well as staff in the healthcare sector, yet it’s one of the slowest to seize the opportunity that BYOD offers. The public has a growing appetite to be connected, and the technology is there to make it happen securely, safely and reliably.”
The survey of 78 acute NHS trusts also found that the lack of WiFi being offered to patients extended to NHS staff too. 82 percent of NHS Trusts don’t permit staff to connect personal devices to the hospital WiFi network. Meanwhile, just 10 percent of NHS Trusts have a formal BYOD policy for staff in place today.
Mahmood Chaudhri, managing director at Datrix, a specialist healthcare reseller claims that, “With so few NHS staff or patients yet to benefit from the BYOD revolution, the healthcare sector is clearly ripe for resellers to add real value by adding WiFi to their portfolio.
“If resellers are willing to put in the work with WiFi they can quickly come out on top, at a time where budgets are being squeezed to the maximum,” continued Chaudhri.
Pearce believes that if the Government really wants to invest in and improve the NHS, incentivising trusts to open their WiFi networks and expand connectivity is an inexpensive way to make a huge difference to each and every patient/staff experience.
Experts believe that many patients can feel disconnected from family and friends during their recuperative period.
According to Harley Street psychotherapist, Jennifer Dew MSc Psych, Dip Psch (couns), MBACP (accred): “Patients who can regularly access family and friends using personal devices while they recuperate suffer less from isolation and loneliness and are more likely to make a speedier recovery. If access to WiFi helps to make some patients get better sooner, what’s not to like?”
Pearce concluded: “The key to making this a success would be a robust strategy for hospitals to embrace the use of mobile devices to connect safely and securely – a bring your own device (BYOD) policy delivered by approved resellers – for patients, visitors and staff.”
About Enterasys Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications
Enterasys Networks is a premier global provider of wired and wireless network infrastructure and security solutions. Our solutions enable organisations to drive down IT costs while improving business productivity and efficiency through a unique combination of automation, visibility and control capabilities. Enterasys provides a broad range of enterprise networking and security solutions by technology and industry.
Siemens Enterprise Communications is a leading global provider of unified communications (UC) solutions and network infrastructure for enterprises of all sizes. Leveraging 160 years of experience, we deliver innovation and quality to the world’s most successful companies, backed by a world-class services portfolio, which includes international multi-vendor managed and outsourcing capabilities. Our OpenScape communications solutions provide a seamless and efficient collaboration experience – on any device – which amplifies collective effort and dramatically improves business performance. Together, our global team of UC experts and service professionals set the standards for a rich communications experience that empowers teams to deliver better results. Siemens Enterprise Communications is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG, and includes Enterasys Networks, a provider of network infrastructure and security solutions, creating a complementary and complete enterprise communications solutions portfolio.
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