"This is a rural hospital. We are in a very lovely setting with a lot of foliage. This is the type of technology that is able to get through challenging topographies. It's a neat technology that could be greatly utilized in rural settings," Lucas-Helber says.
"A lot of places where you go, whether they are healthcare facilities or retail outlet, they are Wi-Fi hotspots. We didn't have that before," she said. "We were beginning to get to a point where if you had a family member here in the hospital, or maybe you needed to be connected to work or communicating with your family via some type of electronic device, we couldn't provide that for the families before. Now we can."
Under the demonstration project, radios using commercially available Wi-Fi technology were deployed around HVCH to increase broadband access for wireless data transfer from first responder vehicles, indoor broadband access for enhanced connectivity in the hospital, and outdoor video security surveillance.
Joe Hamilla, COO at Spectrum Bridge, says that "because of its exceptional range and propagation characteristics, a TV white space network is ideal for rural and underserved areas. Doctors can transfer medical records to a hospital or receive medical records from a hospital at broadband speeds."
He said TV white space also allows ambulances and EMTs to send and receive critical data from hospitals and clinics for on-scene treatment or procedures, and medical data can be transmitted from the home to the doctor or hospital for patient monitoring and emergency notification.