The information needs at a hospital or health care facility are intense. Health care practitioners need instant access to medical records—including x-rays, MRIs, and other images.
Hospitals are constantly adding new equipment that requires the movement of massive amounts of data. At the same time, they are increasingly going wireless, which can be susceptible to interference from radiological equipment.
For a modern hospital or health care facility, it’s essential to have a rock-solid structured cabling foundation. Without this foundation, the vital work of a hospital could quickly grind to a halt. However, with a strong network cabling design, doctors, nurses, and all the health care professionals can provide the highest level of medical care.
When installing a structured cabling network, it’s important to address the following challenges.
- File size. CT scans, MRIs, and x-rays have massive file sizes. On a network with sufficient bandwidth, a 30 gigabyte file can be transmitted in less than 30 seconds; over an inferior network, it could take up to 40 minutes. Medical professionals cannot wait 40 minutes for an image, especially in an emergency situation.
- The information needs of a hospital are almost infinite. A health care facility needs to monitor everything from room temperature to video broadcasts.
- Wireless. With more and more mobile devices being utilized in the clinical setting, the need to go wireless increases daily, placing added pressure on the network infrastructure.
- Record keeping. It is approaching the all-digital threshold. Every day, the data storage and transportation requirements increase to accommodate healthcare facilities’ growing needs.
- Heat! More and more devices are relying on Power over Ethernet (PoE) for power. This generates heat, and heat can compromise network performance, creating the need for shielded cabling systems. These cables can also negate interference from radiological devices.
- Crowded areas and density. At certain points in the hospital or health care facility, cables converge. At these high-voltage hotspots, it is important to have shielded cabling to prevent the electrical energy from interfering with medical equipment and devices.
- Expandability. Cabling must not only be able to keep up with current network performance needs and requirements, it should be capable of growing to handle future data needs.
Installing structured cabling in health care facilities has many advantages, but it is also a standard in the industry. Installations and cabling for health IT systems are often required to meet the Telecommunications Industry Association TIA-1179 Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard. With the proper network infrastructure, healthcare professionals can be sure they are performing their duties knowing that there is a system in place helping them to do their best.
Contact Datatrend to learn more about shielded structured cabling for healthcare applications.