Three reasons hospitals are investing in distributed antenna systems

Hospitals were among the earliest and most active adopters of Wi-Fi, and now many facilities are also investing in distributed antenna systems (DAS) to boost in-building cellular capacity. DAS providers say there are several reasons hospitals are investing.

One network for allHealthcare professionals rely increasingly on their smartphones to communicate with one another, and when that communication includes voice calls the cellular network is needed.

“Healthcare facilities are increasingly looking for solutions offering seamless and reliable connectivity to caregivers, patients, and visitors alike and deliver a high-performance connected experience to one and all,” said Eric Abbott, director of product management and strategy at ExteNet Systems.

In addition, patients and their visitors are increasingly data hungry, meaning that their activity on the Wi-Fi network could potentially compete with critical care applications. Keeping them on a cellular network mitigates this.

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