Building Hospitals FOR the Future

Healthcare facilities require an advanced, converged technology infrastructure designed for ubiquitous connectivity and future flexibility. Drawing on in-house R&D, we provide clients with a realistic appraisal of which technologies will impact their facility in the foreseeable future.

Experience Across All Systems

Over the past 20 years, TEECOM has provided strategic consulting, design and engineering, and project management services on more than 90 healthcare projects in the United States. Systems we design include: nurse call, security, distributed antenna systems (DAS), emergency responder radio coverage systems (ERRCS), Wi-Fi, data, network, voice, real-time location services (RTLS), wireless personal communications, patient entertainment and education, and telecom.

Facility Types

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Clinics
  • Medical Office Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Research and Laboratories

Mitigating Technology Obsolescence

We design a technology infrastructure with the “foundational flexibility” to minimize the cost and disruption of future upgrades. Because hospital projects can take a decade to complete, and technologies can become obsolete or change drastically in price during this time, we take a “last responsible moment” approach to equipment selection.

Streamlining OSHPD Approvals

For California projects, TEECOM is experienced working with OSHPD to gain approvals for increased efficiencies and expedite the overall timeline. TEECOM has saved multiple projects hundreds of thousands of dollars by gaining OSHPD approval for a new approach to cabling systems. We also have experience with the incremental OSHPD review approach. 

Article: Why You Shouldn’t Try to Build The Hospital of the Future

We began working on our first big healthcare project in 2005: the $900-million Palomar Pomerado Hospital Expansion in San Diego. The hospital leadership held a visioning session with expert speakers from technology manufacturers about what “the hospital of the future” would be like. Experts described robots roaming the corridors, voice-controlled technology replacing keyboards, and video screens delivering an immersive environment. Of course, this vision of the future excited the project stakeholders, but as the person who had the responsibility of designing the technology infrastructure to support this fantastic future, I was left with a lot of questions about how to design for technology we hadn’t seen yet. Keep Reading

Article: Building Within an Existing Hospital, Integrating Technology Systems

When a healthcare provider adds a new building to an existing hospital, integrating the new building’s technology systems with the existing buildings’ systems presents a complex set of challenges, decisions, and sequences. The systems that must be integrated can include nurse call, security, distributed antenna (DAS), Wi-Fi, data network, voice, real-time location services (RTLS), wireless personal communications, patient entertainment and education, and more. A coordinated systems integration approach will include assessment of existing systems, pilot projects (if possible), early identification of make-ready work, and an optimal systems transition and continuity strategy. Keep Reading

Case Study: New Parkland Hospital

In this case study, TEECOM shares valuable lessons learned during our design of the integrated telecommunications, security, audiovisual, network, wireless, and voice over IP systems for the new 2,800,000 sf Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The areas covered by the case study include:

  • How technology fulfilled Parkland’s vision for the patient experience through multiple touchpoints, including wayfinding, capturing and recording data, and enhancing security.
  • How we designed the future in.
  • How the delivery approach saved more than $25 million, and project management tools led to a $20 million surplus.

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