Recently, the CEO of FiberPlus spent some time in Richmond with colleagues to discover how hospitals are utilizing information technology today. They were able to meet with the leading network engineer for Bon Secours while also experiencing an on-site visit at St. Mary’s Hospital to meet with their information systems manager. The result of the meeting; discovering that every aspect of medical care within hospitals depends on information technology and network connections.
EMR is heard quite often throughout the hospital. The acronym stands for Electronic Medical Record, meaning most medical records are being stored digitally today. These EMRs allow doctors, nurses, and patients to access records whenever necessary and with ease. Doctors and nurses can access the files while at a computer or at the bedside of a patient while a patient can access their information at their own home. EMR is a federal mandate and is being supported by $19 billion grants.
Wireless networking has also become a major asset to hospitals. Our CEO learned that over 5,000 clients connect through 1,198 wireless access points throughout the 4 hospitals, and 43 doctors’ practices and corporate offices in one health system’s regional facilities. The wireless networks can provide access to the hospital network through smartphones and tablet devices. These wireless networks allow doctors to access the vital signs, test results, and X-rays of patients from anywhere in the hospital. This easy access to information can help doctors and nurses better care for and treat patients, especially those with more critical conditions.
Information technology has also lead to the development and use of Workstations on Wheels. Each patient room has a WOW present and can allow doctors and nurses to access patient information easily and effectively. They can also bring the WOW with them if needed to retrieve medicine or other supplies. A scanner can also be used to pull patient information from their wristband and have it displayed easily on the WOW.
FiberPlus looks forward to learning more about how information technology is being utilized in the medical industry and how we can better provided services for the medical field
FiberPlus has been providing data communication services for a number of different markets through fiber optics since 1992. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a top telecommunications business that can provide the Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia areas with a number of different services. These services now include:
- Structured Cabling
- Electronic Security Systems
- Distributed Antenna Systems
- Audio/Visual Services
- Support Services
- Specialty Systems
- Design/Build Services
FiberPlus promises the communities in which we serve that we will continue to expand and evolve as new technology is introduced within the telecommunications industry.