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46 I ICT TODAY Passive Optical LAN Transforming ICT in Health Care By John Hoover Healthcare facilities have undergone rapid changes in recent years with a focus on digital transformation taking center stage. New technologies are being introduced to the market to enhance digital critical care, mobility, internet of things (IoT) and smart buildings. To keep pace, the healthcare industry must continue to innovate and embrace new ways to deliver the best care to patients. Unfortunately, many facilities still rely on a traditional copper-based LAN. In many cases, the equipment, cabling and network architecture has been in place for a decade or longer and was not purpose-built for the future of health care (Figure 1). Healthcare campuses are struggling to address the IoT explosion, the influx of wireless devices, assurance of greater stability through constant availability and strict quality of service (QoS) in support of their mission-critical services.

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