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Clinical Information Systems

New TIA-1179 standard supports IP convergence of CIS

Whether installed in a new hospital construction or as part of the modernization of an existing facility, a standards-based, IP-enabled communications network can deliver many benefi ts.

By Andre Mouton, Belden

tions, as well as to transmit and store voluminous digital information, the migration toward Internet protocol (IP)-based convergence of clinical in- formation systems in hospitals is well under way.


ith healthcare net- works expanding to support an increasing number of applica-

Clinical information systems (CIS) comprise numerous network-based systems designed to provide medical professionals with digital collection, storage, manipulation and access to each patient’s clinical information us- ing standards-based communication technologies. One example of CIS in action is the movement toward electronic health records (EHRs), a

trend that is strongly encouraged and supported by the governments of the U.S., Canada and other countries as a means to reduce administrative time and costs, streamline information fl ow and improve the safety and account- ability of national healthcare systems and the patients they serve. Additional technology-based patient information systems also fall under the CIS umbrella. These may include advanced diagnostic imaging such as digital x-rays, MRI and CT scans; picture archiving and communications systems (PACS); computerized physi- cian order entry (CPOE) systems; and individual patient monitoring systems, in which each patient bed is connected to a nurses’ station and often to a cen- tralized monitoring system.

The ongoing development of in- novative digital medical technologies is driving hospitals to upgrade their technology infrastructures to support EHRs and other CIS applications. In fact, approximately 60 percent of healthcare facilities have cited adoption of an EHR system as one of their top three technology priorities.

The new Patient Care Pavilion at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y., includes a high- tech patient-monitoring system that instantly and accurately communicates each patient’s vital information from the bedside to the nurses’ station.


Benefi ts of an IP-converged network cabling infrastructure The CIS applications discussed here operate over low-voltage cabling infra- structures and are increasingly com- municating via Internet protocol over

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