With a growing amount of the practice of medicine and public health is supported by mobile devices, Connectivity Wireless Solutions has deployed DAS in-building wireless coverage at 15 healthcare facilities, covering more than 20 million square feet of space so far this year.
Hospitals and healthcare facilities are adopting wireless for point of care delivery and workflow enhancements, access to patient records and delivery of test results, augmentation of VoIP communications, telemetry and wireless IV pumps, remote monitoring and diagnostics, and mobile medication management and prescription information.
“Increased wireless data usage is continuing to drive demand for capacity and coverage solutions in the healthcare setting, and as a result, demand for in-building wireless solutions such as distributed antenna systems,” said Bryce Bregen, vice president of sales and marketing of Connectivity Wireless Solutions
David Hartin, vice president of RF solutions at Connectivity Wireless Solutions adds, “We see the government mandates for adoption of electronic health records as a precursor driving adoption of mobile health applications to care providers and patients alike. The more electronic and mobile we become, the higher the capacity and coverage demands on our cellular wireless networks.”
Kaiser Permanente Goes Mobile with Android App
A good example of the mobile direction of health care, Kaiser Permanente was the first in the healthcare industry to make its entire electronic medical record system available to its 9 million members via Android and iPhone apps. The app quickly received 95,000 downloads.
Kaiser Permanente patients have access to lab results, diagnostic information, direct and secure email access to their doctors, and will also be able to order prescription refills.
Wireless a Cornerstone of Mobile Medical Treatment
Advances in remote patient monitoring are increasing convenience to patients and improving access to efficient data management for medical professionals, according to a report by GBI Research.
In order for these new medical technologies to flourish, however, there is a need for high-speed and comprehensive access to wireless networks, challenging the abilities of the current infrastructure, according to the report.
Technological advances such as Bluetooth low energy, ZigBee green power, Wi-Fi direct and EnOcean are enabling wireless sensor networks in the application of patient monitoring devices. Patient monitoring systems can also include GPS location tracking tools to respond to patients’ need for help.
Advances in sensor technology have resulted in the development of sophisticated patient monitoring systems based on biomedical sensors, which are used to create a wireless network system known as the Body Area Network (BAN). These sensors can measure patient vital signs such as blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and the electrical impulses of the heart and brain.
With monitoring devices that can collect and transmit health-related data, patients are no longer confined of wired bedside monitors.
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Sprint Goes for Remote, Wireless Monitoring
Partnering with Ideal Life, Sprint entered into the business of remotely monitoring patients last January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The service uses wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication to share information over the Sprint’s network. A “pod” device serves as a communication gateway, creating a remote network for instantaneous, secure, two-way communication between a user and his designated healthcare team. Once activated, the pod automatically syncs (pairs) with any of Ideal Life’s wireless monitoring devices.
The current maelstrom of political activity, with the Republican and Democratic national conventions running back to back, highlights the critical role DAS now plays in every get together our nation holds, whether there is a donkey or an elephant on your pin.
With the just concluded RNC entertaining 50,000 attendees in Tampa, Fla., and this week’s DNC expected to garner 35,000 visitors to Charlotte, N.C., a whole slew of data is being pumped over DAS systems by enthusiastic politicos.
Attendees at this week’s DNC events held at the Time Warner Cable Arena will be able to stay connected thanks to a DAS installed by Mobilitie. Using equipment by TE Connectivity, the DAS includes the installation of 524 antennas that will improve wireless coverage, capacity and data speeds during peak event times.
Mobilitie’s role as a neutral host DAS operator required planning and coordination with Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile to incorporate their technical requirements and frequencies into the design of the DAS, which will serve 2012 DNC event and will continue to provide service to their customers who attend Charlotte Bobcats games and all other events held at arena.
DAS integrator Connectivity Wireless worked both sides of the aisle, adding 6.5 Million square feet of in-building wireless coverage at both RNC and DNC events.
Indoor DAS networks were deployed inside convention centers, hotels, meeting centers and other public venues to handle higher traffic loading of wireless voice and data services.
“As a part of our turnkey design and implementation process, we work closely with third-party operators to deploy DAS and all of the major wireless carriers to ensure that our in-building DAS networks are integrated and optimized with their macro networks,” said David Hartin, vice president of RF solutions, Connectivity Wireless.
ExteNet Systems deployed an outdoor DAS and indoor distributed network, each hosting a different wireless carrier, in downtown Tampa for the Republican National Convention.
The outdoor DAS served Sprint customers throughout the downtown neighborhoods surrounding the Tampa Bay Times Forum, site of the convention. The indoor DAS network was deployed at the 350,000-square-foot Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel and convention facility with AT&T as the first carrier-tenant.
But the DAS provider’s job wasn’t done there. It deployed a network operating center that remotely monitored the systems around the clock to ensure that they could handle the traffic volumes and capacity. System performance was tested with the carriers both before and after the convention started. Additionally, ExteNet provided local field service technicians on site in Tampa to support network for the carriers and provide spare parts, if needed.
DAS equipment from Corning MobileAccess was deployed at several major locations in Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., in support of the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions.In all, Corning MobileAccess’ solutions provide continuous wireless access and improved cellular coverage in 12 key places – including convention centers and hotels – in the two cities.
The DAS in the Tampa Convention Center covered the facility’s 600,000 square feet, which served as a hub for the thousands of media representatives covering the convention.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) deployed the Corning MobileAccess DAS to provide cellular coverage and capacity throughout 1.8 million square feet of terminal space. Wireless Services, a company that specializes in RF design and installation, designed and installed the DAS at CLT.
“We worked very closely with representatives at CLT to provide the airport with a customized, comprehensive solution to support the large influx of wireless communications during the convention and beyond,” said Julio Dumas, managing partner, Wireless Services.