Hospitals and healthcare environments serve an enormous percentage of the population, and as such, are subject to the trends and challenges of supporting a population which demands mobility and connectivity. In addition to satisfying their customers mobile communication needs, healthcare information technologists are certainly keen to the opportunities posed by mobile and wireless technologies in their facilities. This is all predicated on a robust wireless network, which much be designed to accommodate present and future demands.
Every venue will have important considerations regarding installation aesthetics, technology migration, code compliance, etc. This article describes some important considerations that are unique to healthcare environments:
- Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Procedures - All hospitals have developed procedures for mitigating the spread of infectious disease and contamination in hospitals.
- End Point Security - All hospitals should implement policies and procedures to limit physical access to its electronic information systems, while ensuring that properly authorized access is allowed.
- Architectural Considerations - Hospitals are often designed to reflect that values of the community, and whether the hospital is brand new or historically significant, the architectural and aesthetic integrity of the hospital needs to be considered in the pre-design phase.
- Fire- and Smoke-Rated Ceilings - Many of Oberon’s ceiling mounted products have a full steel back-box which acts not only as a dust barrier, but also as a smoke and fire barrier.
- IP67 Ceiling Enclosure - Oberon offers unique dust proof/ watertight ceiling enclosures which protect the enclosed equipment.