Hospitals are large, complex buildings presenting unique connectivity obstacles. Aging infrastructure, unique cabling challenges, the translation of device data from numerous proprietary device formats into something that can be read and understood by EMRs, and radio frequency-blocking masonry and concrete are but a few of those obstacles. Throw in security and regulatory compliance and it’s easy to understand why healthcare is struggling to stay connected. But, stay connected we must. Hospital CIOs view Wi-Fi not as a luxury, but as an essential tool for doing business. Patient information is no longer being recorded on paper — it is now required to be kept as part of an Electronic Medical Record that needs to be shared throughout the hospital. The need for mobility and the constant struggle with BYOD only compound the problems of how to maximize connectivity, protect patient information, and deliver positive patient outcomes. Health IT Outcomes recently had to opportunity to discuss these issues and more with Eric Abbott, Director of Product Management and Strategy for ExteNet Systems, Inc., an owner and provider of Distributed Networks which creates a scalable network design utilizing its high-bandwidth fiber network to meet the network densification needs of the wireless service providers.