The healthcare industry has been undergoing various changes that have far outpaced most other industries. The potential to provide customers with increased quality of care has never been greater; however, healthcare operators are also faced with a number of competitive challenges regarding their ability to provide a broader array of services. Add to that a growing number of regulatory and compliance issues and it is easy to understand the importance of establishing a solid infrastructure to address both the challenges and the opportunities the industry faces.

Addressing Both Standards and Efficiency
For healthcare operators, ensuring their cabling infrastructure adheres to best practices and standards, such as TIA 1179,  is an important factor in network design. Working with technology partners that provide both industry expertise and a broad portfolio of solutions can help healthcare facilities realize significant cost savingsthrough cross-system efficiencies and performance. By implementing multiple systems like video surveillance, access control, voice and data communication onto a single, advanced IP infrastructure network, these solutions deliver enhanced efficiency, higher productivity, improved security, as well as increased patient comfort.

Wireless as a Critical Component
Wireless is another critical factor in today’s healthcare facilities. The requirement for reliable, secure, 24x7 connectivity has become an absolute necessity for medical staff, as well as for patients and their families. Whether a doctor is downloading an x-ray to a tablet computer, an EMT is communicating via a first responder radio or a patient is talking to loved ones on a mobile device, a reliable connection is critical.

First responders need reliable radio communication to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them. Employees, patients and their families expect their mobile devices to work as well or better indoors than they do outdoors.

Many Pieces Require a Good Design
Large investments in the latest networking technologies will fall short of meeting the challenges referenced above if they are not designed and integrated together through one clear, coherent strategy. Make sure the partners you engage have the expertise with a number of cabling technologies, along with experience in network design inclusive of wireless technologies. Only then can healthcare facilities ensure that they are implementing a communications network to meet the needs of today and can evolve to address the opportunities of tomorrow.

Is your network designed to provide customers with increased quality of healthcare?

About the Author

David Oldenbuttel

David Oldenbuttel is Strategic Marketing Manager for the Enterprise division at CommScope. He has worked in the technology industry for the past 14 years in a variety of management and product marketing roles for firms such as IBM and Fujitsu. David has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas Tech University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.

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