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The Future of DAS in Healthcare

By Mike Collado
February 15th, 2012

In our series of posts leading up to HIMSS12, we’ve explored the past and present climate for Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) in the hospital environment. Today, we’ll take a look at what DAS will look like in the future and what it will mean to the Hospital CIO.

But first, a quick re-cap…

We previously examined the wireless usage trends of medical personnel as well as the needs of patients and their families. These are the factors that are driving the need for DAS in hospitals.

We also showed how a typical DAS works.

Then we showed how DAS has evolved from the inefficient “leaky coax” networks and first-generation, single-carrier active networks that were designed for voice (not data) to a “neutral host” multi-service platform that provides coverage for multiple commercial wireless operators, public safety, private two-way radio and paging – all on a single space and fiber-saving infrastructure.

Next, we discussed the perfect storm of challenges that Hospital CIOs must address which includes off-the-chart usage statistics, construction that prevents the transmission of wireless signals from both outside and inside the building, and the emergence of LTE which is about capacity, not coverage.

Lastly, we listed key considerations a Hospital CIO should explore to ensure her DAS solution addresses current technologies as well as those in the foreseeable future.

Imagine the Possibilities

Imagine a single active infrastructure in the ceiling capable of supporting (and adding) applications and systems such as:

  • Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) for patient monitoring
  • Location-Based Service (LBS) for asset tracking
  • Temperature Sensors for building automation
  • Ethernet Security for surveillance and security
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) for Wireless LAN (WLAN) access points and other applications
  • Backhaul capabilities for data networks

 

And imagine a DAS with improved scalability and better use of resources as well as greater management, control and reporting of metrics.

Finally, imagine a DAS that delivers real Return on Investment (ROI).

Guess What?

It’s coming.

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(Image – Flickr – Fort Belvoir Community Hospital)

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