Each medical IoT device has an antenna that connects the device to the healthcare network, Taoglas Co-Founder and Co-CEO Dermot O’Shea told told HITInfrastructure.com in a previous interview.
“Most organizations use cellular because it’s the only reliable way to really communicate with the devices,” O’Shea explained. “If you’re only using WiFi then you’re relying on the user, patient or caregiver to do all the WiFi connectivity in terms of selecting the WiFi network and putting in the password.”
Cellular networks give wireless networks a break from IoT devices passing into and out of the premises. Cellular networks also let devices keep the same connection as it travels from place to place, without having to disconnect and reconnect to various wireless networks.
Furthermore, the cellular option provides relief for on-premises network deployments by taking on much of the IoT traffic during peak hours, which would otherwise slow down the network.
“Cellular is more robust in an environment,” continued O’Shea. “It’s never a problem if too many people are using cellular to log onto the network like it is with WiFi. That’s often the problem in a hospital. There’s too many people using the network at the same time and it slows down the network. “