SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY
Improving the Patient Care Experience Through Technology
By: Mike Maselli
Enhancing the patient experience is a major focus for today's healthcare providers. Leveraging technology is one solution that can greatly improve the patient throughput and the overall patient experience.
RTLS (Real-time Locating System) and Bluetooth beacons are being implemented now to help hospitals reduce wait times and improve patient flow. Both the patients and care team wear these lightweight badges that emit low powered RFID signals. These badges help the care team know at any time where the patients and their colleagues are. This technology can also be integrated with a scheduling system to help know which rooms are available or ready to be turned over; exactly where patients are and their wait times; which doctors have seen the patient and which ones are still scheduled; determine the next steps in the process, etc. Also, with the installation of Bluetooth beacons working in connection with awareness applications, the caregiver is alerted when a patient arrives at a waiting room area or exam room and the patient is provided with an ETA of when the caregiver will be there. These technologies are a huge help to keep patients moving throughout a hospital or outpatient facility.
Technology is also being used to help patients with directions inside the h
ospital. Wayfinding is a great way to enable patients and caregivers to easily navigate throughout a hospital that typically can be a maze and difficult to locate the various departments. Bluetooth beacons can be installed with any wayfinding application that show up as a map on a patient's smart phone that lets them know where they are in the hospital and directs them to the department they are trying to locate.
Data Center Readiness: "The Basement Office"
By: Jeremy Gilbertson
Healthcare data center requirements have quickly grown from low density IT environments to high-density, high resiliency environments. The main problem, in most cases, is that many hospitals are still dealing with the same compromised room on campus that they've had since before the term "data center" was coined. These rooms are usually in the basement and not conducive to support the IT loads and critical cooling requirements driven by the converged infrastructure of healthcare IT.
In rare cases, hospitals are beginning to involve the data center team in strategic planning initiatives, and some have even implemented steering committees for capacity planning. Sadly, the majority experience a lack of alignment between strategic IT planning, facilities, real estate and the executive team. Lack of alignment in strategy can cause major issues in data center reliability and increase costs for capital projects and maintenance. The data center still doesn't seem to have a leather chair at the executive conference table.
Some of the reasons that we've heard:
New EDI Team Members
Mike Maselli, RCDD
Mike is heading up our newly formed New York City office and is looking forward to continuing to develop a presence for EDI across the Northeast region and into the Midwest. As a Registered Communications Distribution Designer, Mike brings over 30 years of technology experience to the team.
Mike is an avid golfer, lifelong NY Giants fan and an exert on everything to do with Bruce Springsteen and the 1980's.
Danielle has joined EDI as the Vice President of Business Development - Western Region, and will be responsible for overall sales efforts including lead generation, proposal development, presentations, closing deals, and long-term client management beyond project award. Danielle will be based out of our Denver, Colorado office.
In her spare time Danielle enjoys making cheese, cooking, running and performing live comedy.
April has joined EDI as the Marketing Coordinator and will be responsible for all of the company's marketing efforts, as well as supporting the sales and administration teams.
In her spare time April has been preparing for the arrival of her first child and enjoys reading, crafting, baseball, skiing and spending time with her family.
To learn more about our new employees please visit the
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By Mark McComb
This year brings some exciting changes to EDI's organizational structure to help us prepare for the next 30 years supporting our clients and providing a place for our employees to grow their careers.
Jeremy Gilbertson, leader of our growing data center practice, has joined our senior leadership team to provide insight and guidance on the complex issues our clients are struggling with related to their data centers.
Jim Harrison has transitioned his focus to the success of our new NE regional office, and is providing leadership relating to growing our Technology Program Management service offering.
Mark McComb has adjusted his role and is now leading both our Eastern
and Western region consulting and project delivery
operations as we work to enhance our nationwide services for our clients.
We are excited about these leadership changes and know that they will provide the appropriate structure for our growing company.
We are honored to be working with several repeat clients on their exciting new projects!
CalSTRS - California State Teachers' Retirement System, West Sacramento
CalSTRS has selected AVI/SPL as the contractor for Phase 1 of the project that will upgrade the audio/visual systems within the boardroom, committee rooms, and control room. Construction will begin over the summer. EDI has also completed the design for Phase 2 which will upgrade the A/V systems in the remainder of the 16th-floor building including conference rooms, training rooms, and digital signage.
Corporate Office Building, Atlanta, GA
EDI has been hired by Cousins Properties to provide technology consulting & design services for their 495,000 SF corporate office building in mid-town Atlanta. EDI is helping Cousins Properties and Integral Group (MEP engineer) develop and design an intelligent building (IB) infrastructure for this facility. This includes identifying all the "smart" systems and where they touch the network to ensure adequate infrastructure. Our scope of work includes developing drawings and specifications to support the IB system, the structured cabling, security access control and video surveillance, local area network (wired and wireless), and distributed antenna system.
Cone Health is in the process of renovating and expanding several of their facilities - "Project Element". EDI is working with Cone Health to provide technology programming, design, procurement, and construction administration services for this multi-project program. We also successfully worked with them on their North Tower addition project in 2009.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital
Memorial Sloan Kettering is our anchor client in New York. We continue to be a proven partner as they select us for additional projects. We recently started three (3) new Ambulatory Care Facility projects with MSK in the New York and New Jersey area. We have also been consulting with MSK on how they can leverage technology to improve the patient experience in their recently opened surgery center. Please see the "Improving the Patient Care Experience Through Technology" article above for more information on this topic.
University of New Mexico Hospital - Albuquerque, NM
EDI was selected as part of the design team of HDR and FBT Architects for a new adult acute care replacement hospital development plan located on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, NM. The project has just kicked off with visioning and user group meetings to discuss the high level planning in the programming phase. EDI will provide full technology programming services for all IT, low voltage, nurse call, A/V, security, structured cabling systems, etc.
EDI has been working with a corporate client that is in the process of completing an "in-place" renovation project on 19-floors. This is a very complex, multi-phased project totaling over 400,000 SF of renovated space. One of the main objectives of the project is to greatly enhance technology in order to provide a more collaborative and efficient work environment for their employees.
New Northeast Regional Office
After working in New York for the past two and a half years, EDI has decided to expand our presence in the Northeast.
Mike Maselli, Vice President of the Northeast Region will support customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, as well as parts of the Midwest.
845 Third Avenue, 6th Floor
Manhattan, NY 10022
Senior Consultant/Project Manager
EDI seeks a Senior Consultant/Project Manager in our Atlanta office. This role requires 7-10 years of technology consulting and engineering experience with progressively increasing levels of responsibility in an AEC environment with at least 3 years of hands on, direct client facing project management experience in these primary market sectors:
- Higher Education
- Data Center