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Comprehensive Wireless Solution for Enterprise Hospitals

How Black Box Met Cook Children’s Present and Future Wireless Needs

Like many healthcare systems across the country, Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, Texas, had been experiencing wireless connection issues for years. Use of their guest network had increased by over 1,000 percent in the past five years. Patients, physicians, nurses, staff and even mobile clinical devices were demanding more and more of their wireless network’s capabilities.

With multiple legacy networks set up across the system using various wireless applications, Cook Children’s IT department knew they needed to find an alternative solution. The hospital turned to Black Box, which offered a single, comprehensive wireless solution focused on coverage, capacity and criticality. This solution was Medical Grade Wireless Utility (MGWU).

MGWU allows hospital-owned buildings to transfer any wireless signal across more than 1 million square feet of the medical center. To Cook Children’s, this made both financial and functional sense. Utilizing MGWU, Cook Children’s was able to:


  •  Lessen the healthcare system’s reliance on vendors
  • Allow IT to introduce new applications and devices without experiencing control issues
  • And provide a more reliable Wi-Fi connection to enterprise, clinical and patient users.

“This comprehensive and scalable solution meets the needs of doctors, nurses and staff. As a patient-centric care facility, it is equally vital that this solution meets the needs of the patients we care for, along with their families and their visitors,” Michael Zachary, Director, IT Enterprise Architecture for Cook Children’s says.


Looking Ahead to Future Capabilities


Now that Cook Children’s had a wireless infrastructure they can trust, Zachary and Black Box looked ahead to new network needs.

The hospital next worked with Black Box to integrate nurse call and bedside physiological monitoring alarms in the neonatal intensive care unit. This allowed for nurses to be efficient while providing critical emergency response across an expansive set of private rooms.

Cook Children’s then worked on a clinician-driven initiative, where they were able to increase the use of hospital scanners to more than 97 percent – 25 percent above the industry average.

To learn more about how the Black Box Medical Grade Wireless Utility project exceeded Cook Children’s expectations, download our case study.


HealthCare’s Most Wired 2014 Winners

Celebrate successWe, at Black Box Network Services, want to congratulate our clients/partners listed below for being named to HealthCare’s Most Wired 2014 list. MostWired 2014The providers recognized as this year’s Most Wired are those that have not only implemented and maximized benefits from foundational technologies like electronic health records and computerized physician order entry but have begun to explore business intelligence, population health and patient engagement solutions.

To see the full list of winners please visit Most Wired 2014.

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Leveraging the Coexistence of DAS, Small Cells, and Wi-Fi to Overcome In-Building Capacity Constraints

DAS-and-small-cells-congress logoAs a building owner or IT manager, are you constantly playing referee for your Wi-Fi? Are you being asked to prioritize one person or teams data needs over the other?  How do you decide? And why should you have to?

This last week at the DAS & Small Cells Congress we discussed this issue with our peers from the IT industry. We presented some options as to how to overcome your in-building capacity constraints by leveraging the coexistence of DAS, Small Cells, and Wi-Fi.

In the video, see how we respond to the following FAQ:

  • Identifying the advantages and disadvantages of distributing traffic among Cellular and Wi-Fi networks
               *  Where does seamless Cellular/Wi-Fi convergence occur

               *  Does Wi-Fi mesh best with DAS or Small Cells

               *  Who decides to distribute traffic and how do you know when it should be done

  • How to engineer coverage for DAS or Small Cells and Wi-Fi

              *  Is the coverage the same

              *  One RF design philosophy or two

  • How to manage capacity across multiple networks

             *  Is there a best use for each network

             *  Is there enough spare capacity in today’s Wi-Fi networks to add Cellular traffic

             *  Service management/QoS – how to ensure a seamless user experience

  • Deployment considerations

            *  What are carrier and enterprise requirements

Computerworld Honors Program Award – Cook Children’s

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Congratulations to the Computerworld Honors Laureates

We at Black Box Network Services want to congratulate our client and partner, Cook Children’s Healthcare Network, for being honored by the Computerworld Honors Program.  They were named Laureate and honored for their use of Information Technology to benefit society with their project submission on Medical Grade Wireless Utility in the Emerging Technologies category. Read their award winning case study here. 

 Case Study: Medical Grade Wireless Utility

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