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5 Digital Dilemmas in Healthcare Today



The digital era has created new opportunities for healthcare organisations to invest in strategic technologies and compete with the value and convenience offered by their private counterparts. These changes include better access to information, network intelligence, communication mobility and workforce flexibility.

Topics: Analytics Healthcare Public Sector Flexible Working Digital Agenda Security Network Security Cloud Wireless

How Do We Support Hospital's Digital Connectivity?


There are few more complex Technology environments in the UK today than in our NHS. Networking in hospitals represents the pinnacle of network criticality, supporting life-critical services and demanding 100% availability around the clock, 365 days a year.

Wireless networking technology is proving particularly transformative in this arena. From improving the quality of care and patient experience to streamlining back office tasks and logistics, WiFi is helping to eliminate some of the NHS’ greatest challenges.

Topics: Wireless Healthcare Public Sector Cloud Wireless

Capitalising on IoT in the Public Sector



The Internet of Things (IoT) is already having a profound impact on our lives, with the word ‘Smart’ preceding everything from watches and speakers to fridges and lightbulbs. While internet connected devices have been commonplace in households for a number of years, more and more devices are working their way into the workplace. Statista predict that the number of connected devices will surpass 30 billion by 2020
[1] with more than 65% of enterprises adopting IoT products. 

Gartner estimates that internet-connected things will outnumber humans 4-to-1 in the next 24 months

Topics: Critical Network Services Networking Wireless Healthcare

How will the Networking and Communications Sector incorporate Drones?

Drone technology has the potential to increase UK GDP by £42 billion by 2030, according to new research from PwC.

The research estimates there will be more than 76,000 drones in use across UK skies by 2030. More than a third of these could be utilised by the public sector (including in areas such as defence, health and education).

There are significant opportunities for economic gains across all sectors, but the GDP uplift generated by drones is forecast to have a considerable impact on the public sector with an increase of 2.3%, amounting to around £11.4bn. 

Topics: Collaboration Network Analytics Analytics Business Continuity Critical Network Services Networking Wireless New Way to Work Healthcare Enterprise Cloud Solutions Latest News Public Sector Flexible Working Security Network Security

IT In The NHS – Not So Boring Anymore…

Datrix are an IT specialist. For many years, we have talked to IT people, about IT things, and the outcome has often led to us successfully delivering IT solutions both in the NHS and elsewhere. For almost as many years, I have personally been advocating a focus on proactivity and on the end user experience, rather than reactivity and the delivery of generic solutions - this time with varying degrees of success.

Recently, for the first time, I decided to really stand by what I’ve preached and speak to people in the NHS who are responsible for the patient experience, rather than networks and IT. My aim was simple – to communicate how our seemingly boring IT technologies can have a massive impact on the people that matter in the NHS – the patients.

Topics: Wireless Healthcare

Transform to a Digital Hospital with 802.11ac Wave 2

No IT environment is more demanding than healthcare, which literally defines reliability in mission-critical information systems.

Optimal outcomes – in healthcare services, organisational budgets, IT efficiency and effectiveness and beyond – depend upon wireless LANs providing the best possible coverage, capacity and reliability for communications and patient telemetry monitoring, as well as low-latency access to often (very) large amounts of data, produced by MRI and CT imaging.

Topics: Wireless Healthcare Extreme Networks WLAN

Jeremy Hunt Announces Plans to Provide Free Wi-Fi in all NHS Buildings

It's No Secret that the Importance of Wireless Technology in the Modern NHS Trust is Understated. 

As a Wireless specialist working with over 25 NHS Foundation Trusts, Datrix has long understood the reliance that future cost-saving and technological initiatives will have on a secure, pervasive wireless network. After last months' announcement by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, it seems that the UK Government has finally caught up, coming to understand the link between campus-wide wi-fi coverage and better patient care, increased patient safety and higher patient satisfaction scores.

Topics: Wireless Healthcare

Hospital Network Security: A matter of life & death

For many of us, we believe hospitals are one of the safest places in the world.

They have highly qualified doctors and nurses at our fingertips, world-renowned medications and drugs readily available for use and operating rooms equipped to save lives. However, what we often overlook is that hospitals are also one of the most at-risk organizations, and we need not look any further than the Symbiq Infusion System to understand why.

Topics: Network Analytics Healthcare Purview Network Security

The NHS’ Green Drive and the Role of the Network – Paperless, Paper-light or Paperweight?

By 2018, NHS trusts will need to be paperless, or, at the very least, paper-light. With a number of trusts still heavily paper based, concern is growing that this target is unattainable.

During last year's Autumn Statement, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an extra £1.7 billion NHS funding to support and modernise the delivery of frontline care, plus an extra £1 billion over four years for new primary care infrastructure to make healthcare services more accessible. However, to access this funding, hospitals must provide assured plans showing how they will be more efficient and sustainable in the year ahead and deliver their commitment to a paperless NHS by 2018.

Topics: Network Analytics LAN Analytics Healthcare Purview

Healthcare Industry Fosters Innovation with Extreme Networks’ Network-Powered Application Analytics

Hospitals turn their networks into a strategic asset with Purview for improved user experience and patient care.

Extreme Networks, a leading provider of high performance networking solutions, today announced that three new healthcare customers around the globe are using its Purview network-powered analytics technology. Purview provides visibility into data applications and devices, helping healthcare organisations inform service improvement activities, positively impacting both patients and staff.

Topics: Network Analytics Critical Network Services Healthcare Latest News Extreme Networks Purview