Wireless devices are everywhere, and their numbers are exploding. New wireless technologies like 5G and OnGo™ help to get the most from these devices. But only those organizations that are set up to take advantage of these new technologies can benefit from them. The rest will be left behind. To make sure you are ready for what is coming, you will want to seamlessly integrate 5G and OnGo™ into your existing network so that your organization’s wireless needs are met now and in the future.
Leading CIOs are turning to Black Box to help them incorporate these new technologies into their existing wireless networks to make sure their organizations can take advantage of the new opportunities these technologies bring as well as handle the increasing demands their wireless networks will soon need to handle.
Start by learning the wireless requirements for the devices and applications you use now and plan to use in the future. Design a wireless network to meet those needs. This outside-in approach means that your network will be ready for anything.
With 5G and OnGo™, together with purpose-built wireless networks, you have more leverage now than before. Place the right device and application on the right network to expand your organization’s overall wireless capacity.
When using the two previous principles, you can leverage coverage, capacity, and network selectivity to provide mission-critical performance. Not only on one network, but across all networks.
Mission-critical performance is built into everything we do—from design to deployment to support.View Infographic
Today’s wireless technologies give organizations many opportunities to streamline their operations and improve the customer experience. Black Box can help you create a complete network that takes full advantage of these advanced technologies with our business WiFi solutions to meet your organization’s unique needs. Come and discover the power of 5G & OnGo.
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The Evolution of 5G/OnGo is Driving Revolutionary Healthcare Innovations. Over the last decade, wireless has become critical to everything we do. Wireless is not slowing down, but accelerating at an ever-increasing rate. Today there are approximately 6.5 network-connected devices per person in a hospital. Within 3 years, this average will increase to 13 devices per person and more than 50% of all devices will be wireless, potentially overwhelming networks. For the first time, we are clearly establishing the world of “mobile-first” in healthcare technology. Check out this white paper to learn How 5G/OnGo technologies are going to impact hospital operations and healthcare delivery.
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Because of COVID, a children’s hospital needed patients to remain in their cars until they were called. But there was poor cell coverage in the parking garage and even in the main hospital. We helped with a DAS system to effectively overcome this challenge.
A national research hospital has over 20,000 different devices using its Wi-Fi daily. This number has increased 20% year over year for the past 8 years. Black Box designed a solution that uses OnGo™ to reduce the strain on the Wi-Fi network and to accommodate future wireless needs.
A leading hospital had a challenge managing and tracking medical equipment. It would not always have the right amount of telemetry packs and infusion pumps available. We helped it solve these challenges by using an RTLS system to track and manage this critical equipment
A major financial services company wanted to provide 5G coverage at its facilities across the nation so that staff and guests could benefit from the speed and reliability of 5G, including at below-ground tornado shelters. Black Box engineered and delivered a turn-key solution that uses DAS.
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Telehealth, which played a small role in the healthcare delivery ecosystem before COVID-19, moved to the forefront of healthcare delivery,1, 2 raising its value and importance dramatically. Recent studies documented the sudden, steep rise in
telehealth and its acceptance and demand, as a viable means to safely treat patients during the pandemic crisis, and as we are learning, post-crisis.
Before the pandemic, telehealth was little used and faced several barriers. Top of the list of obstacles was the patient perception of the poor quality of care. Almost 40%3 of respondents in a telehealth survey were concerned that they would not get proper treatment or a diagnosis with a virtual medical visit. Other barriers included limited insurance coverage, licensure regulations, and practitioner’s inadequate technological capabilities.4
Most, if not all, of these barriers, fell during the pandemic, and none more dramatically than the perceived versus actual patient experience. One-quarter of respondents had not even considered telehealth as an option pre-pandemic. However, two-thirds said that because of COVID-19 they are now much more willing to try telehealth services in the future.5
Telehealth platforms enabled patients to receive healthcare safely, yet effectively. While people may have been reluctant to try telehealth, they are now embracing it in ways that no one could have predicted pre-COVID-19. The numbers are staggering.
For example, a pre-pandemic study projected the telehealth market to grow at an annual CAGR of 14.9% by 2026 with a market value of approximately $53.1 billion by 2026.6
COVID-19 drastically changed the predictions for telehealth. Frost and Sullivan project a 64.3% increase in demand for telehealth visits and forecast a sevenfold growth in telehealth by 2025 at a CAGR of 38.2%.7
The pandemic panic also kept people from seeking needed face-to-face medical care. A survey of 36.5 million people by The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that in-person healthcare visits decreased by 37% from March through June 2019 to 2020. But during that same period, virtual medical visits increased from 0.3% of all contacts in 2019 to 23.6% in 2020. In addition, virtual behavioral health visits also increased from 22.1% to 46.1%.8 In many cases, the switch from in-person to video consultations happened overnight depending on the existing technological capabilities of the provider.
While many practitioners may have been hesitant to invest in telehealth technology before the pandemic, they jumped on the virtual-care bandwagon. Now 93%9 of healthcare providers offer an online portal, website, or mobile app.
Americans are finding they like the convenience and effectiveness of telehealth. In one survey, 60% of respondents used telehealth services for the first time during the pandemic and three quarters want to continue using it post pandemic10 for several reasons, including:
Quality. Americans like the quality of the virtual care they receive; 80% rate telehealth services as equal to or better than in-person healthcare. Of the survey respondents, 56% say telehealth is most effective for routine checkups while 53% find it most effective for talk therapy and mental health counseling.11
Accessibility. Telehealth is simply easier. In a SatelliteInternet.com survey, more than 25% of telehealth users lived 15 miles, or more, from the nearest doctor’s office, which can make in-person visits inconvenient, time-consuming, and expensive, especially if patients have a difficult time scheduling due to work or personal responsibilities. In the survey, 54% said they are more likely to seek medical advice if a telehealth option is available.12
Speed. Simply put, in-person visits can take much longer to schedule, up to two weeks longer according to 46%13 of respondents. And, they take longer on the actual day of the visit.
Convenience. Patients don’t have to travel, find parking, and sit in waiting rooms. They can simply log in a few minutes before the appointment without leaving home.
Safety. Telehealth provides peace of mind by enabling medical visits without the risk of infecting others or being infected by others.14
Monitoring. Telehealth, via 5G, can directly improve patient care and treatment through the use of remote monitoring devices. 5G unlocks the speed and high reliability needed to make it possible.
Insurance. Pre-COVID-19, many people did not know if telehealth visits were covered by insurance. Now it is generally not an issue. At the time of the SatelliteInternet.com survey, 73% said their healthcare program includes a telehealth reimbursement.15
As 5G cellular technology rolls out and becomes more widely available, telehealth connectivity will increase. 5G promises greater bandwidth and data speeds, low latency, the ability to deliver effective IoT to a massive number of devices. That means eliminating many connectivity problems and enabling faster, cleaner, almost instantaneous data transmissions. 5G means incredible leaps forward in patient treatment, outcomes, and experiences.
That’s the new reality of 5G and telehealth: happier, healthier, more engaged patients.
While some integrators can help you with one or two of your wireless networking needs, Black Box can help you with all of them (Wi-Fi, DAS, RTLS, etc.). Our dedicated team of solution architects and deployment engineers will help you make sense of 5G and OnGo™ and understand whether one or both of these new technologies would be a good addition to your existing system. We can then help you develop a comprehensive plan that addresses your current needs while preparing you for the future.Know More
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