March 23, 2015

A Look Ahead: HIMSS 2015



The world of healthcare IT is evolving at a rapid pace, and as the latest technology advancements continue to permeate hospitals, it is important now more than ever before for healthcare organizations to have the proper infrastructure in place. With digitally-enabled tools such as telemedicine and electronic health records (EHRs), mHealth wearables and a growing reliance on mobile application delivery, it is critical for healthcare organizations to implement the necessary infrastructure before they can even begin to consider the latest and greatest technology.

At HIMSS 2015, one of the largest healthcare technology shows in the world taking place in the Windy City this April, the Extreme team will be turning the lens on network infrastructure. More specifically, we’ll be discussing the need for hospital infrastructure that balances the needs and expectations of clinicians, patients and visitors with their devices and applications that connect to and depend upon the network.

At the conference, I will be teaming up with Doug McDonald, manager of the wireless network team at Henry Ford Health System, to discuss the common challenges facing hospitals today, as well as how health IT systems can leverage network analytics to support evidence-based care. Full details about the sessions can be found below.


  • Who: Bob Zemke, director of healthcare solutions, Extreme Networks
  • What: Network Analytics: Evidence Based IT Support

Applications, devices and end users all have a common dependency within an intelligent hospital: the data network. Whether wired or wirelessly connected, all information flows across the hospital IT network. Learn how network analytics can be leveraged in supporting health IT systems for evidence based care.

  • When: Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4 p.m. CT
  • Where: Intelligent Health – Leadership Theater


  • Who: Bob Zemke, director of healthcare solutions, Extreme Networks
    • Doug McDonald, manager, wireless network team, Henry Ford Health System
  • What: Supporting Hospitals with Intelligent Networks

Preparing for the digital hospital requires understanding the applications and devices which will be leveraged for improving patient outcomes. The explosive growth of new technologies applied in clinical settings is placing new burdens on the data infrastructure and those tasked with supporting it. Learn some of the common challenges facing hospitals today regarding infrastructure design, device support and FDA compliance and how to best address them.

  • When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. CT
  • Where: Intelligent Health – Leadership Theater

In addition to the two keynote speeches, Extreme will also be delivering the network services for the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion (IHP) for the second consecutive year, where we will provide the high performance wireless and wired switching and network analytics solution to support a 26,000 square foot, full mock-up hospital setting. In the IHP, we will be hosting four demonstration stations where attendees will gain hands-on experience to help them learn if their networks are ready, if their applications are running efficient and what the guest user experience is like, among other valuable insights.

Cutting edge innovation and technology is rendered useless without the proper infrastructure to support it. If you’ll be at this year’s HIMSS from April 12-16, stop by and visit Extreme at booth 4658 in the South Hall to learn how we’re empowering hospitals and healthcare organizations across the globe, or follow us on Twitter for live updates from the show.

About The Contributor:
Bob ZemkeDirector of Healthcare Solutions

Bob Zemke is the Director of Healthcare Solutions and is responsible for the healthcare market strategy at Extreme Networks. An IT professional with a broad span of experience in healthcare, Bob has over 14 years working both within hospital IT and as a consultant in next generation network design, deployment and management. Bob has been featured in publications such as HealthCare Design Magazine, Mobile Wireless Magazine, and Healthcare Executive Exchange. He is coauthor of a book entitled "WiFi Enabled Healthcare" that is available on Bob frequently participates industry-specific events including HIMSS, Enterprise Connect, Interop and is active in the AAMI, CWNP, IEEE, and HIMSS organizations . Bob holds an BA degree in Telecommunications Management from Western Michigan University and his MS in Telecommunications and Network Management from Syracuse University's iSchool.

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