Cabling is the backbone on which IT networks function. And yet, as much as 50 percent of healthcare network problems are related to an inadequate or underperforming cabling infrastructure.
Today’s hospitals, medical centers and clinics are challenged by a growing and aging population base, increased regulatory compliance, and an overwhelming volume of data generated by advancements in medical technology. At the same time, management is under constant pressure to hold down operational costs while increasing patient safety, care and service levels. Fortunately, technology advances have empowered healthcare facilities to automate many business, administrative and clinical processes to achieve higher levels of efficiency and productivity, and ensure patient privacy, security and quality care.
High-performance, IP-based Ethernet networks are becoming the industry standard. These digital networks enable rapid and accurate transmission of large volumes of data. They also provide an integrated connectivity platform for real-time collaboration, monitoring and control, as well as myriad voice, data, video and multimedia applications designed to improve the overall quality and delivery of healthcare services. One critical success factor in designing a fully integrated, flexible and accessible network is the cabling infrastructure which provides the “on-ramp” to today’s healthcare information superhighway and its near limitless possibilities–the Structured Cabling System.