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.
- Medical Office Buildings
- Research and Laboratories
Drawing on our in-house Research & Development team, TEECOMlabs, we provide clients with a realistic appraisal of which technologies will impact their facility in the foreseeable future. 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, specifying requirements for budgeting and planning early on and making the final selections and design confirmations for procurement and installation.
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. Our technical staff meet frequently to discuss challenges and lessons learned, and the ever changing OSHPD requirements are a recurring topic. Because TEECOM is actively working on projects in the OSHPD review cycle, we can share lessons learned and what the OSHPD reviewers are looking for in each technology system. This approach allows us to reduce the number of OSHPD comments on future projects.
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
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
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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