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If you’ve had need to visit a doctor in the last couple years, you might have noticed their operations are becoming decidedly more digital. While electronic record keeping has been increasing over the last decade or so, the transition from paper is now accelerating.

Helping Health Care Adapt with Cable Tray

Chuck Ross
If you’ve had need to visit a doctor in the last couple years, you might have noticed their operations are becoming decidedly more digital. While electronic record keeping has been increasing over the last decade or so, the transition from paper is now accelerating. And it’s not just records – many other aspects of a standard medical facility, whether its primary care, specialty office or hospital also are becoming more data driven. The consulting firm Deloitte estimates the global market for connected medical devices is expected to total $158 billion by the end of this year, up from $41 billion in 2017.

As medical offices and hospitals have become more dependent on data, they’ve also been moving to bring more of their data processing in-house. This approach can reduce lag time to help support even more sophisticated internet-of-things enabled devices and systems for things like video consultations and robotic surgeries. Transmission speed is critical in such applications, so bringing servers closer to where data is being generated or used can make a big difference in successful technology adoption.

In some cases, this means spaces like utility closets are being repurposed as server rooms, which means cable management has to get creative. Wire mesh cable tray offers contractors a lot of flexibility when it comes to installing or reconfiguring data cabling. Modular systems include T and radius bends to easily customize layouts, and mesh openings allow cable to be routed in or out without having to cut the tray. Many of these product lines also incorporate options like tray liners, cable shields and drop-out accessories that protect cable and ease the transition from horizontal to vertical runs. Perhaps best of all, these flexible products can be easily taken apart and reconfigured as technology needs evolve because, if the last 10 years of healthcare operations have shown us anything, it’s that change will remain a constant in these facilities for years to come.
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