Wireless connectivity technologies are evolving, driven by the development of the 5G and Wi-Fi 6 standards. Both bring a range of potential benefits, such as low power modes for Internet of Things (IoT), improved deterministic performance, and increased capacity and throughput. There is now a compelling case to be made to accelerate adoption of these digital technologies into hospital settings as part of a wider wireless ecosystem to drive improvements in care. They will provide clinicians with continuous, real-time information and analysis that could enable them to make better decisions – and ultimately optimise patient outcomes at reduced cost.
This whitepaper describes the benefits of introducing advanced wireless capabilities into surgical and critical care settings, the technical approaches to achieve this, and the challenges that can arise. It concludes with our vision for some exemplar use cases.