Category Archives: Healthcare Practice Group

Wireless Infrastructure Systems

Elmhurst (Ill.) Memorial Healthcare telecommunication rooms house switches and equipment that deliver Ethernet-based applications throughout the hospital. Image courtesy of Panduit

This article from Health Facilities Management was recently shared with me and while it’s focus is on Healthcare Facilities, it’s strategic perspective on the value of a Cable Infrastructure is applicable to all facilities.

Over the past 20 years we have seen first hand how strategically and proactively designed spaces, pathways and cabling systems can help organizations establish an effective foundation on which they can reliably support the variety of systems that now require IP connections.

In recent years, we have been working with a number of school districts throughout New York State as they establish just such a foundation to facilitate the delivery of education using 21st century hardware and software.

http://www.hfmmagazine.com/articles/2374-wireless-infrastructure-systems

 

Technology Systems That Save Lives And Improve Operations

Implementing the Systems That Keep Patients and Medical Campuses Healthy

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As the third and final Archi-Technology practice group introduction, I like to think they saved the best for last (although my fellow Practice Group colleagues may disagree). What is beyond argument, however, is that hospitals and other healthcare campuses are integrating technology-based systems at a more complex and costly level than that seen in the education market…or in most any other industry for that matter.

The reason is simple—technology that saves lives is expensive, sophisticated and extremely precise. In total, the various technology infrastructure and systems found in most hospitals—including communications, AV, security, and clinical—can now account for 5 – 10% of total construction project costs for a healthcare facility.

Like other markets, the effective and efficient integration of technology in healthcare settings is as much about improving daily operations as it is about the campus’ primary objective: improving patient outcomes in the case of hospitals. From accounting and scheduling to energy management and facilities maintenance, technology systems impact so many aspects of the healthcare business that no facility is truly healthy without a well-designed and maintained technology infrastructure.

During my 16+ years at Archi-Technology, I have worked extensively with healthcare clients. As both a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and a Construction Document Technologist (CDT), I have a deep appreciation for the nuances technology systems bring to the healthcare market, and what it takes to integrate these systems into a capital construction project.

As Archi-Technology’s new Healthcare Practice Group manager, I’ll be blogging on various topics of interest to Facility Managers, Architects, engineers and other specialists involved in the integration of technology infrastructure and systems in support of medical professionals

MarkHowlandI welcome your feedback and opinions. Thanks in advance.

Mark Howland, Heath Care Group Leader, Project Director and RCDD

Practice Makes Perfect

New Archi-Technology Practice Groups Focus On Industry-Specific Needs

In our almost 20 years experience planning and developing technology infrastructure and related CLA systems for a diverse client base, it’s become clear that the needs of the education and healthcare markets require specialized knowledge.

ATb-PracticeGroupsFrom increasing student graduation and employer-recruitment rates to improving patient outcomes as mandated by new federal legislation, technology is playing an increasingly important role in transforming these industries that touch everyone.

To that end, Archi-Technology recently appointed three Practice Group managers within the company to be the lead advocate for the following vertical markets:

  • K-12 Education: Luke Poandl, Project Manager, Rochester, NY
  • Higher Education: Joe Blasz, RCDD, Project Manager, Ithaca, NY
  • Healthcare: Mark Howland, RCDD, Project Manager, Rochester, NY

Each manager will be posting an introductory blog post about current issues facing their respective industries as well as the opportunities and challenges technology brings.

As always, we welcome your feedback, opinions and experiences about how we can all harness the potential of technology while minimizing obstacles and learning curves.

— Tom Rauscher, FCSI, President, Archi-Technology

Sharing Knowledge. Creating Conversations.

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Although this is our first blog, Archi-Technology has been providing technology consulting and design services to educational and healthcare clients since 1996. During that time, we have gained a deep understanding of the ways in which a facility’s technology infrastructure should be planned, designed, installed and documented to save time, money and space.

This blog is intended to share knowledge, insight and advice among clients, technologists and end users to gain new perspectives about the effective development of technology systems in educational, healthcare and other types of facilities.

With your help, we look to create a meaningful dialogue that has a positive, practical impact on how you and your organization view technology infrastructure and the systems and capabilities it enables.

On behalf of Archi-Technology, we look forward to hearing from you.

—Tom Rauscher, President, Archi-Technology LLC