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Wireless support has been added to my responsibilities, and I don’t know anything about it. Where can I go to learn?

That is the first question in a new document of FAQs dealing with the wireless challenge in healthcare. Released by AAMI, the project is the work of AAMI’s Wireless Strategy Task Force, which was created in the fall of 2012 to dig deeper into the wireless challenges that many healthcare facilities now face.

The free new resource, FAQs for the Wireless Challenge in Healthcare, contains a total of 70 questions, covering a wide array of topics, including regulatory matters, architecture and network design, prepurchase and preinstallation information, security, and management of the wireless network.

“The more ubiquitous the use of wireless solutions, the more challenges there are,” said Steve Baker, senior principal engineer at Welch Allyn and a member of AAMI . “To aid in understanding those challenges in health delivery organizations where the number of different devices with wireless is staggering, we developed this document to help healthcare technology and IT experts, as well as facilities management professionals, get a handle on the issues and gain an understanding of some of the fundamental precepts of wireless networks”

Baker led the FAQ project for AAMI, writing much of the content. He was assisted by Rick Hampton, wireless communications manager at Partners HealthCare Systems, Scott Coleman, network technologies manager at Welch Allyn, and Paul Sherman, a consultant retired from the Veteran’s Administration. All are members of the task force.

For more information, visit www.aami.org.

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