The healthcare industry is counting on telemedicine technology to bring consulting doctors together in real time to help patients, even if those doctors are hundreds of miles apart. Like their urban counterparts, rural healthcare patients, physicians and technicians can reap the rewards from the evolving technology, but only if rural healthcare facilities are properly wired and managed to make telemedicine work as efficiently and effectively as those urban healthcare partners. With expanded federal funding available through the Universal Service Fund (USF), healthcare facilities have an opportunity to access:
- State of the Art Telecommunications
- Opportunities to Plan for Future Network Growth
- Reliable Emergency Management for Disaster Recovery
- Comprehensive, easy to Implement Maintenance Features
With USF dollars available, there is no reason for healthcare providers, either in hospitals or small clinics, to under-scope telecommunications networks. All healthcare providers can now have access to the same network quality, features and designs whether they are urban or rural. However, there are always hurdles to overcome on the road to innovation.
Cost-Effective Network Design
While there are many pieces to designing an effective telecommunications network, experienced companies know how to evaluate a healthcare facility’s current needs and make the right recommendations for the highest quality solution.
It is important to have your service provider:
- Specify Bandwidth Capacity Available to Each Facility
- Explain how a New Network Facilitates Telemedicine Applications
- Outline Diverse Carrier Services to Ensure Maximum Reliability
- Provide Various Modes of Service (Coax, Satellite, Copper, Fiber Optics)
Here’s an amazing fact. In the year 2014, more data will be created than all of the previous year’s combined! And, the healthcare industry will be the single-largest contributor to that data creation. That trend is going to grow with exciting advances in telemedicine. Urban and rural healthcare providers, as the largest contributor to this data expansion, must be ready to handle that exponential jump in data.