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Temporary Healthcare Facility At-a-Glance

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      Securely, quickly, and reliably connect temporary healthcare facilities

      Leverage existing inventory or available offers for rapid deployment

      Set up a temporary facility network using wired or wireless connectivity

Five connectivity options for temporary healthcare facilities

As healthcare providers, you are working tirelessly on the front lines to ensure our safety and well-being, and Cisco is committed to helping you with rapid deployment of network connectivity to meet your needs. See five easy-to-deploy, secure, and reliable network connectivity solutions to address the immediate needs of temporary healthcare facilities, as part of temporary field hospitals, used to triage, test, and care for COVID-19 patients. Some of the following options can be deployed using existing infrastructure to maximize the speed of deployment.

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Connectivity using Wi-Fi

Extending the indoor Wi-Fi network to the outdoor facility

The simplest way to extend the network into an adjacent temporary healthcare facility is to leverage your existing Cisco® Catalyst®, Aironet® or Meraki® wireless network, and extend it by using external directional or omni directional antennas. This option is best suited for elevated wireless locations that are free of obstructions.

Wireless mesh networks

You can also extend your secure Wi-Fi network by deploying Cisco Catalyst, Aironet, or Meraki access points in Mesh Access Point (MAP) mode. This enables one Access Point (AP) to connect to the wired network and act as the Root AP (RAP), which wirelessly connects to other APs to extend the network. Almost any Cisco or Meraki AP can operate in this mode, and a combination of indoor and outdoor APs can be used.

Embedded Wireless Controller and Mobility Express

The Cisco Embedded Wireless Controller (EWC) and Mobility Express add a wireless control function into Cisco Catalyst and Aironet APs, respectively. EWC and Mobility Express are designed for simple deployment, secure and reliable operation, and insightful analytics. This solution is ideal for healthcare providers that want to quickly deploy a wireless network without requiring substantial IT resources or reliance on the on-premises Wi-Fi network. It delivers Cisco’s industry-leading reliability and capabilities without the cost or footprint of a wireless controller. Cisco Catalyst and Aironet 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ax APs can act as subordinate APs in a Wi-Fi network managed by EWC or Mobility Express managed.

Connectivity using WAN

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For temporary healthcare facilities where network connectivity is not yet available, a Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) can offer both embedded Wi-Fi and advanced LTE/cellular options to expand WAN coverage and enable back hauling over cellular, as well as backup and fail over connectivity and active-active configurations. This connectivity option offers the most robust capabilities, is SD-WAN ready, and can serve many other purposes for today’s challenges and into the future.

Cisco Meraki branch networking

Finally, Meraki provides an option for connectivity using Meraki cloud-managed appliances (MX, Z) that can securely extend your corporate network into a pop-up healthcare facility. Coupled with Meraki Insight, this solution also enables IT administrators to view the performance of cloud-based applications (healthcare, VoIP, telemedicine, etc.). The Cisco Meraki MG21 Cloud Managed Cellular Gateway provides cellular backhaul capabilities for deployments where a WAN connection is not available. Together with Meraki Systems Manager, the solution enables control over and visibility into tablets and devices used by medical workers. This option includes central cloud management for control, support, and real-time reporting.

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