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How Will Upcoming 5G Networks Impact Healthcare?

New 5G Network Standards: Strategic Impact for Health Provider
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On July 16, 2016 the U.S. government embarked on a path that will significantly impact the evolution of digital communications and major sectors of the US economy, including healthcare. On that day the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to make the USA the first nation to adopt rules to open standards for full commercial implementation of wireless networks and commercial broadband wireless communications above 24 gigahertz (GHz), the first fifth generation (5G) wireless cellular standard.

FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, called this the most important action of the FCC this year to “re-shape our communications infrastructure for the coming decade and beyond.” Why should we care? Was this just a press release intended to excite the hardcore tech geeks among us?

Adopting Innovations in Care Delivery – The Case of Shared Medical Appointments
Baltimore Sun, February 2, 2017

Historically, hospitals have placed strict limits on family and caregiver access to visit patients in the ICU, mostly so they can limit distractions and infection control risks. As evidence grows that family presence can improve patient outcomes through aspects such as improved communication and improved social support, the medical community is becoming receptive to allowing family presence in the ICU. Thus, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) recently published guidelines to facilitate family and caregiver access.

The guidelines encourage allowing greater access, providing family with sleeping space, and outlining communication with family during and after ICU stays, including staff roles to cover these duties. This change in attitude illustrates the trend toward a greater balance of aspects of safety and efficiency in clinical care and the ways that support and improve quality of life in the hospital can help to improve patient outcomes. There may be some cultural resistance to these changes and resistance to any related investments in staff or facility changes, but there is building recognition of the connection between patient and family satisfaction and better care.

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Adopting Innovations in Care Delivery – The Case of Shared Medical Appointments
Baltimore Sun, February 2, 2017

Historically, hospitals have placed strict limits on family and caregiver access to visit patients in the ICU, mostly so they can limit distractions and infection control risks. As evidence grows that family presence can improve patient outcomes through aspects such as improved communication and improved social support, the medical community is becoming receptive to allowing family presence in the ICU. Thus, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) recently published guidelines to facilitate family and caregiver access.

The guidelines encourage allowing greater access, providing family with sleeping space, and outlining communication with family during and after ICU stays, including staff roles to cover these duties. This change in attitude illustrates the trend toward a greater balance of aspects of safety and efficiency in clinical care and the ways that support and improve quality of life in the hospital can help to improve patient outcomes. There may be some cultural resistance to these changes and resistance to any related investments in staff or facility changes, but there is building recognition of the connection between patient and family satisfaction and better care.

New 5G Wireless Network Standards: Strategic Impact for Health Provider
ERDMAN

On July 16, 2016 the U.S. government embarked on a path that will significantly impact the evolution of digital communications and major sectors of the US economy, including healthcare. On that day the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to make the USA the first nation to adopt rules to open standards for full commercial implementation of wireless networks and commercial broadband wireless communications above 24 gigahertz (GHz), the first fifth generation (5G) wireless cellular standard.

FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, called this the most important action of the FCC this year to “re-shape our communications infrastructure for the coming decade and beyond.” Why should we care? Was this just a press release intended to excite the hardcore tech geeks among us?

ERDMAN INSIGHTS

2016 Q4 Healthcare Facilities E-News
The Future of Emergency Care

Emergency Department Regulations Vary Widely

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