The New TIA-1179 Healthcare Standard, Advanced Technologies and IP Convergence Demand More Bandwidth for Network Cabling Infrastructures in Today’s Healthcare Facilities
In recent years, the healthcare industry has become considerably competitive, challenging facilities to improve the quality of care by replacing or upgrading outdated spaces and expanding services. As information surrounding medical procedures, policies and practices becomes widely available via the Internet and other mass media entities, consumers are becoming empowered to make their own healthcare choices. Today’s patients demand:
• Faster medical response with reduced waiting times
• Information accuracy, delivery and availability
• Safe, secure hospital stays with all the comforts of home
• State-of-the-art procedures for improved results, reduced pain and faster recovery
• Digital access to the latest medical information and results
Improving the quality of care to meet consumer demands is compounded by longer life expectancy, increased chronic disease, an aging population and the administration expenses of complying with the latest healthcare codes and regulations. This has caused healthcare costs to steadily rise for several years. Healthcare costs account for more than 17% of the U.S Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and more than 10% of the Canadian GDP, and U.S. healthcare costs are expected to reach 19.3% by 2019.
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