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How Wi-Fi in Hospitals Would Transform Patient Care

Not only do these technologies promise to deliver personalized information to patients based on their location and needs, but they also have the potential to integrate with other tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to the network of physical devices that are connected to each other and to the internet. allowing them to collect and share data. New technologies and connectivity appear as a solution to improve many of the difficulties that arise daily at the hospital level and would be the first step in the development of smart hospitals. The integration of physical and digital experiences (phygital) not only improves patient care, but also optimizes health services throughout the region. Health care in Colombia and Latin America presents numerous challenges on a daily basis: from the lack of timely primary care to the difficulty in accessing specialized services. However, what many don’t know is that Wi-Fi technologies are emerging as a solution to overcome these obstacles. Not only do these technologies promise to deliver personalized information to patients based on their location and needs, but they also have the potential to integrate with other tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to the network of physical devices that are connected to each other and to the internet. allowing them to collect and share data.

Healthcare in Colombia and Latin America presents numerous challenges on a daily basisHealthcare in Colombia and Latin America presents numerous challenges on a daily basis.

Thus, Wi-Fi can improve medical care in hospitals. New technologies and connectivity appear as a solution to improve many of the difficulties that arise daily at the hospital level and would be the first step in the development of smart hospitals. The integration of physical and digital experiences (phygital) not only improves patient care, but also optimizes health services throughout the region. Wi-Fi technologies in health or medical centers have several uses, which can range from quickly scheduling appointments to the prior collection of information for the medical professional or to better understand the user experience. Some estimates from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and the McKinsey Center for Advanced Connectivity (MCAC) highlight that by 2030, connectivity technologies will contribute between 250,000 and 420,000 million dollars to the world’s GDP. In Colombia, some medical entities offer a secure authentication system through Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows users to be identified according to the reason for their visit to the medical center, whether they are a patient or a visitor. This authentication provides controlled, secure access to the internet, while collecting data and displaying personalized information to patients based on their location and needs, such as estimated wait times, directions to offices, or information about available services. “This service allows institutions in the health sector to understand visitor behavior, optimize space designs, and make informed decisions based on data on marketing, advertising, and patient experience,” said Liceth Orozco, CEO of OhmyFi, one of the companies that is implementing these technologies in the country. These technological advancements not only streamline decision-making processes, but also enable proactive interventions and preventative measures that improve the patient experience. One of the most notorious cases is that of the Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo Cancer Treatment and Research Center, which shows how the implementation of Wi-Fi technologies drives the transformation towards a hospital of the future.

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