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Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

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Next-Generation Wireless Networks for Healthcare

Patrick Duffy
Director, Communication Technologies and Infrastructure Services, UI Health Care Information Systems, University of Iowa Health Care
Mark Niehus RCDD
Director of Strategic Accounts, Connectivity Wireless Solutions

Healthcare facility planning professionals are entering a new era of increasing user demands, proliferation of wireless technologies including cellular, public safety two-way radio, Wi-Fi, and the much-touted Internet of Things (IoT). In an effort to stay on the cutting edge of healthcare services, facilities are often quick to implement new telehealth, smartphone, and cloud-based technologies, only to face crippling capacity and coverage challenges in the aftermath. Join us as the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Director of IT, Patrick Duffy, shares his experience on implementing a proactive, thoroughly planned in-building wireless strategy to improve operational efficiency, increase patient, visitor and staff satisfaction, and avoid current and future connectivity challenges. Learn and discuss, from an IT and building-planner perspective, how to plan for the networks of tomorrow in terms of facility space, power, and capital budget and lifecycle costs.


1. Understand how coming wireless technologies (5G, IoT, virtual reality) will impact healthcare operations
2. Identify the technologies that exist to solve current and future in-building connectivity challenges
3. Identify key components of successful in-building wireless planning and strategy
4. Prove a strong in-building wireless network as a means of improving patient care and facility operational efficiency