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HIT managers tackle hospital wireless implementation challenges
This article is part of the Health IT issue of October 2012
The Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont was originally built about 50 years ago, which is not terribly old by hospital standards. But Michael Catrini, director of IT infrastructure at the hospital, said the age of the facility still presents some surprises that can make setting up the hospital wireless services difficult. More coverage on hospital wireless implementation Setting up systems requires long-term planning Ten tips for improving the quality of a hospital wireless infrastructure How to wirelessly support PACS and EHR systems in hospitals Catrini said that many departments have changed locations in the building over the years. Rooms that were once used for X-rays, for example, may now be used to house patients, many of whom are hooked to monitoring devices that are connected to wireless networks. However, getting signals out of these X-ray rooms, which are typically lead-lined to block radiation, can be a challenge. This type of challenge is not unique to Rutland Regional. Hospitals across the country experience ...
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