“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” is a quote that has been attributed to several different historical figures over the years, most notably the American founding father Benjamin Franklin. In healthcare, planning is even more critical and one of the most important activities that can be done by doctors, nurses, administrators and support personnel. In 24/7/365 environments where technologies intersect with the care of patients, the coordination and training of staff, and the collaboration of resources, planning healthcare AV/IT systems to meet the demanding needs of the industry is essential.
One of the biggest benefits of AV/IT planning for healthcare facilities and professionals is budget conservation. Technology is expensive and dollars are tight everywhere. The more time spent determining exactly how an organization will spend its budget on these types of projects, the easier it will be for them to develop a realistic budget and stay within it. Planning allows time to develop options that are the most cost effective based on current needs as well as the amount of money required to support the systems and allow for future growth and upgrades. A properly-planned AV/IT budget will also lead to less money being spent on a project.
Learning About New AV/IT Options
The development of technology moves quickly. Often times many options are available to accomplish the same thing, but which one is best? Besides the fiscal benefits of planning a healthcare AV/IT system carefully, technology planning also allows administrators responsible for implementing new IT and audiovisual systems to learn about the different types of software, hardware and cloud based solutions that may be applicable in their facilities or on their network. It is important to look behind the curtain. A hastily-executed installation of new AV/IT systems may lead to subpar solutions being installed, and disappointing results. With sufficient time spent researching all the necessary options of an AV/IT system before the project begins, those responsible for AV/IT implementation may be able to identify some groundbreaking technology, or something well tested, that helps resolve a specific challenge or issue at the facility.
Improving The Facility Upgrade Process
How do you make a decision with all the options available today? You know how to evaluate components, solutions, and maybe even companies, but are they the right long-term decision? Every day it seems like there is some new piece of equipment, software tool and/or cloud service that has the ability to revolutionize the way doctors and healthcare professionals care of their patients. When you combine this with the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2010 and 2020 there will be more than 2 million healthcare jobs created per year in the United States, it is easy to see that many organizations will be expanding or upgrading their AV/IT systems in the coming years. For large healthcare networks that operate multiple facilities, it is critical to be able to plan and execute an AV/IT infrastructure strategy smoothly so that this process saves time and money.
Whether you are going to be working on an AV/IT plan for a new facility, or for the renovation of an existing infrastructure, it is vital that you are able to work with a skilled provider of AV/IT services. A knowledgeable AV/IT designer and/or integrator should be engaged early in the planning process. They will be able to offer you expertise, guidance and experience during the planning stage, and throughout the entire project.
About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org