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Meet the demands of mHealth. Black Box is a comprehensive communications system integrator for the healthcare industry. We specialize in 3G/4G distributed antenna systems, high-capacity Wi-Fi, unified communications, videoconferencing, digital signage, wired infrastructure, refurbished telephony equipment and repair services, and HD video workstations. Mobile communication has tremendous potential for improving productivity and patient care. Black Box will help you get the most from your mHealth initiatives.
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“U.S. hospitals are absorbing an estimated $8.3 billion annually in lost productivity and increased patient discharge times” because hospitals have not optimized use of mobile devices and Internet services for patient care.
Obviously there are many areas for improvement and one place to start is Bedside Medication Verification (BMV). Our client, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, has implemented a robust wireless infrastructure and BMV system that enables a 95+% daily scanning rate that has increased patient safety and avoids medication errors.
In early October we had the chance to attend PCIA’s 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Hollywood Florida. The event was a great opportunity for us to meet with our peers in the wireless industry and discuss what is going on in our field. The conference started with a pre-conference event called HetNet Express. HetNet is an abbreviation for heterogeneous networks, a combination of technologies that enable wireless broadband. The HetNet Express consisted of 3 great sessions all discussing what is going on the in the world of DAS (Distributed Antenna System) and emerging Small Cells, which we will discuss more in an upcoming post.
The conference officially opened to a morning of exceptional keynote speakers including Stephen Bye of Sprint, Nick Hulse of Boingo, and Krish Prabhu of AT&T Labs. The resounding message that was heard throughout all these presentations is that the number of devices is just going to continue to grow. With that growth comes growing demand for bandwidth and service, either wireless or cellular based. Consumers expect to be able to connect anytime and anywhere, regardless of the delivery platform.
There were numerous breakout sessions over the course of the conference including Making the HetNet Work which Kevin Swank, Director of Product Marketing for Black Box’s Wireless Services division was asked to contribute to the panel presenting. They discussed the many complexities associated with deploying a HetNet and integrating with the macro cellular network, including the need for reliable, efficient backhaul. They examined how HetNets are being built, how they are integrated with existing networks, the role of DAS and small cells, how backhaul is being provided and how these changes impact the cost of network operation. It was also said that we are in the infancy stage of small cell rollout.
There was also discussion in other sessions of the number of DAS doubling by 2016 and that 50% of them by 2018 will include small cells. Backhaul is a looming issue that was brought up in every session and how we prepare for the needs coming in the next 5 years as the numbers of DAS, Small Cells, Macro sites, etc., continue to grow. Throughout the show we heard a lot about the impending “Data Tsunami” that the increasing trends of BYOD, tablets, and video is brewing up that will require faster and more cost-effective delivery. The clear message from the show was that there is no single solution to wireless. It is a combination of solutions, which is the HetNet, and how the decision will be based on the need, on a project-by-project basis.