With the release of the TIA's Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard (TIA-1179), we have Standards-based requirements for IT infrastructure in healthcare facilities - including cabling media, cabling topologies, cabling distances, pathways, and spaces. Intended to support a wide range of clinical and non-clinical systems over an IP-based infrastructure, the standard allows IT pros to leverage significant developments in the area of digital medical technologies, electronic records, and growing IP convergence - all of which are better supported using shielded cabling technology.
Medical professionals cannot afford the time associated with waiting for large image files to move across the network, especially when lives are on the line. In the chart below, view the difference in transmission times- which can be critical in times of emergency.
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- Advanced network performance — Given the bandwidth requirements and mission critical nature of healthcare systems, the standard also recommends that whenever possible, designers give serious consideration to utilizing the highest performing media to allow for the longest possible lifecycle.
- Larger telecommunications spaces — Due to the numerous services present in the healthcare environment, TIA‐1179 recommends that telecommunications rooms (TRs) in a healthcare facility be larger than that suitable for a typical office‐oriented commercial facility.
- Higher work area density — According to TIA‐1179, the work area in a healthcare setting must take on a broader scope to support a multitude of applications.
- Redundancy — Because critical care areas in a healthcare setting can be severely impacted by loss of network access, TIA‐1179 recommends a minimum of two diverse backbone pathways and cables to provide redundancy for these areas.
- Special application considerations — TIA‐1179 provides installation and testing recommendations regarding infection control requirements, areas with high levels of electromagnetic and radio fre‐ quency interference (EMI/RFI) and other areas of a healthcare facility that may expose cabling to the detrimental effects of high magnetic fields, radiation, high temperature and chemicals.