A New Standard for Healthcare Facilities Infrastructure Cabling

Washington, D.C. – The Telecommunications Industry Association, which develops standards for the information and communications technology industry, has released a new document, TIA-1179 Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard.

TIA-1179 specifies requirements for telecommunications infrastructure for healthcare facilities (e.g. hospitals, clinics). It specifies cabling, cabling topologies, and cabling distances. Additionally, pathways and spaces (e.g. sizing and location), and ancillary requirements are addressed. Telecommunications cabling specified by the new standard is intended to support a wide range of healthcare facilities and systems.

In addition to telecommunication systems, the telecommunications cabling specified is intended to support a wide range of clinical and non-clinical systems (RFID, BAS, nurse call, security, access control, pharmaceutical inventory, etc.), particularly those which utilize or can utilize IP-based infrastructure.

In particular, with regard to healthcare applications, the new standard recognizes that the meaning of the term "work area" must take on a broader scope as the work area is located in a multitude of application-specific areas and spaces within the healthcare facility. These areas can be divided into the following classifications:

•Patient Services
•Surgery/Procedure/Operating Rooms
•Ambulatory Care
•Women's Health
•Diagnostic and Treatment
•Critical Care

TIA-1179 was formulated under the cognizance of the TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems, TR-42.1 Subcommittee on Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling.

For more information about TR-42 and how to participate in standards development with TIA, contact Teesha Jenkins at

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