September 17, 2015 — A group of 25 IT directors and network consultants gathered this week for three days of sharing ideas about technology and friendly debate about deployment challenges during CommScope’s Healthcare Networks Summit, held in Minneapolis.
“We are talking about everything from network challenges and practical concerns and guidance to theoretical discussions of network architecture and future technologies,” Dick Wilcher, sales director, Broadband Network Solutions, CommScope, told AGL Link editor J.Sharpe Smith, who was in attendance.
The intimate gathering featured topics such as DAS, cellular solutions, equipment standards, low-voltage systems, data centers, campus security and power over fiber.
“Our goal was to get healthcare end users and consultants together to network, collaborate and educate each other. By keeping the group small it allows for networking. We do social events so everyone gets to know each other which creates a good and comfortable atmosphere for sharing different points of view,” Wilcher said.
CommScope also hoped to learn from the event, which at times felt like an ad hoc focus group as attendees discussed their real world challenges in panel and round-table discussions. The event featured some speakers who were not from CommScope, including general contractor, mobile operator, and a senior living facility IT director.
“A manufacturer is downstream from everyone. By hearing users’ real world issues and challenges, it allows us to be more effective developing solutions to solve their problems,” Wilcher said.
TE Connectivity has done several summits for federal government business in recent years, but this is the first summit for health care. Wilcher said healthcare companies have been very important to the OEM’s business and he sees a great opportunity assisting hospitals with their wireless needs as they adopt more apps, as well as their data networking needs as they implement electronic medical records.