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Healthcare Provider Enhances Patient Care with DAS

July 30–RF Connect has deployed a DAS at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Mich., expanding the facilities wireless footprint and improving its overall connectivity.

A Corning MobileAccess2000 DAS, a multi-carrier, multi-service indoor wireless platform which supports existing and legacy wireless services, like 2G and 3G, and emerging services, like 4G LTE, was deployed in the 100-year-old, 537-bed community teaching hospital.

“The Corning solution not only allows patients and visitors to easily communicate with family and loved ones outside of the facility, but it also improves access to physicians and staff, improving response time in the event of emergencies and enhancing overall efficiency of our operations,” said Tom Tocco, vice president, support services and capital projects, SJMHS.

The Ann Arbor deployment follows the installation of a DAS by RF Connect at a sister hospital, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Mich., which also comprised Corning MobileAccess equipment.

“The installation of the distributed antenna system has greatly enhanced our physicians’ ability to utilize their wireless devices in the hospital for text and voice communications. This new system eliminates St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital’s need for pagers and reduces the number of devices that a physician needs to carry throughout the day,” said Paula Hartman, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland telecom supervisor.

The MobileAccess2000 did not require major construction, reducing disruptions of the work at the institution. Additionally, the modular equipment eased the process of adding services or carriers. They system will carry electronic medical records and wireless medical telemetry, along with cellular communications.

So far, RF Connect has outfitted three hospitals in the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), which covers six counties in southeast Michigan, and five in the Trinity Health system. All told, RF Connect has outfitted 50 hospitals with in-building wireless systems, so far, including University of Indiana Clarion, Kettering Soin Medical and the Cleveland Clinic.

“We like the complexity of the venues; they are usually carrier neutral and include public safety,” said Jeff Hipchen, principal, RF Connect. “We providing a solution that benefits hospitals and enables the staff, patients and visitors.”