Mobile Health Plays Backup at Super Bowl XLVIII
On Sunday, thousands of people will pack MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to experience Super Bowl XLVIII. Millions more will watch on TV. As the Broncos go head-to-head with the Seahawks on the field, M2M technology will be playing a role off the field in MetLife Stadium’s parking lot.
Hackensack University Medical Center, www.hackensackumc.org, will be deploying a “rapid-response trailer” capable of delivering mobile healthcare to Super Bowl goers. The trailer has a smaller footprint than a typical semi-trailer unit, allowing it to facilitate urban areas with limited maneuverability.
To deliver “rapid response,” the trailer will be equipped with connected technologies from Cambium Networks, www.cambiumnetworks.com. Cambium’s point-to-point technology will enable speedy data transmissions for vital applications such as patient registration and electronic media records, as well as send test results such as EKGs and digital x-rays to the nearby hospital.
“With more than 82,000 seats at MetLife stadium, the medical staff has to be prepared for everything, from a fan accidentally slipping on the stairs to more serious pre-existing conditions cropping up during the game,” says Michelle Pampin, VP of global marketing at Cambium Networks. “(That is) why it is imperative that the medical trailer has reliable connectivity to Hackensack University Medical Center, which is 9.4 miles from the stadium.”
The trailer will have seven patient bed configurations with patient-monitoring capabilities. Thanks to a reliable, Cambium-enabled wireless connection, the company says medical staff in the trailer will be able to use VoIP (voice-over-IP) and video streaming to speak with hospital staff by phone or by video to collaborate on serious cases.
“Medical emergencies can occur anywhere, and sometimes the neediest cases are so time sensitive that even being able to send an ambulance to the patient might not make the difference between life and death,” Pampin says. “We believe that mobile healthcare units with low-latency, secure connectivity are part of the solution to the global problem of unequal access to quality medical care.”
In a perfect world, this weekend at MetLife Stadium will be injury-free, both on and off the field. But in case of emergency, M2M-enabled solutions will at least help connect mobile healthcare workers with the resources and backup staff that only a hospital can provide—without having to transport a patient offsite. “We look forward to taking Sunday’s connectivity know-how to a broader playing field,” Pampin says, “… enabling the delivery of best-in-class medical care to those who need it most.”
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