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Structured Cabling in Healthcare Facilities and TR-42 1

Dec 26th 2013 at 2:25 AM

health Gartner Inc independent research has shown that as much as half of network problems in the health industry are due to inadequate or less cabling infrastructure.
The network infrastructure is the backbone supporting most IT functions. Today, health care centers "networks need to take into account not only a huge volume of data generated by the modernizations that technology brought to medicine, but also need to comply with regulations.
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-42 1 Sub Engineering in 2004 formed a working group with the mission to bring awareness within the health sector of the benefits of having a comprehensive strategy for structured cabling design and installation It is only for this industry. Most seasoned structured cabling contractors are aware that TR-42, 1 's developing guidelines. These guidelines are intended to garcontrazar that telecommunications infrastructure for the health care industry are adequate and universal.
Some of the areas covered by the TR-42 1 guidelines are listed below:
Voice, data, video network infrastructure cabling, (ie, security alerts and monitoring, CCTV and CATV circuit);
Professionals, patients and information systems and asset tracking;
Remote consultation / telemedicine, imaging, digital X-ray transfer, pharmaceutical applications;
Mobile applications, including nurse call and patient monitoring;
Bio-analytical systems, clinical surveillance equipment, lighting control;
Fire and security systems (ie, alarms, sprinkler systems, Master clock);
Public network, and others;
The cabling infrastructure is critical in the design of networks that are flexible, fully integrated and accessible. In the current environment of health care that are Ethernet and IP-based networks are best suited to provide the transmission of large amounts of related health care quickly and accurate data. They support numerous applications such as voice, data, video, monitoring and control.
The transmission speed and bandwidth are important factors that determine a "high performance" network. Having a solid network infrastructure is more than just a necessity. In health care facilities on a network that can not lead to more problems than poor network performance, can endanger life. Gartner Inc research firm concludes that "The ground wiring is undoubtedly the most important part of the network. Spend the time and money to ensure that what is installed will be able to withstand the environment in the future. ... "
Given that hospitals are built to last over 50 years, the cable plant has to be built to perform adequately for its life cycle of about 10 years. Gartner Research has shown that the cabling infrastructure represents a very small percentage of IT resources designated (about 2% -5%), however, can represent up to fifty percent of the problems. This shows that an increase in investment wiring can lead to an exponential increase in network performance, robustness and reliability as well as productivity and patient safety, the safety of patients is an important driver of network of health centers design.
Given these statistics from hospitals in North America should project and plan for the total cost of ownership of network infrastructure over its lifetime, rather than initial installation costs, as well as consider hiring contractors who meet or exceed the TR-42, 1 TIA guidelines.

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