SVP Enables Cellular Service for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
NEW YORK, July 7, 2020 – A collaboration between international leaders in medicine, including musculoskeletal health, is celebrating more than one year of successfully serving patients in Oak Brook, Illinois. Since Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush began treating patients at their newly built facility in January 2019, Strategic Venue Partners (SVP), the leading provider of in-building wireless connectivity-as-a-service, has played a large role in helping them communicate effectively with staff and patients.
SVP collaborated with administrators and clinicians to design and build a modern, state-of-the-art distributed antenna system (DAS), that includes all major carriers. The system was installed as the facility was being constructed. From the time it opened, SVP’s strategic approach to wireless solutions has provided doctors and patients across the multi-floor facility with reliable wireless connectivity.
“Access to dependable wireless service is an important part of the patient care delivery model,” said Randal Johnson, CFO for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. “Patients rely on connectivity to communicate with friends and family throughout the building, and the medical staff increasingly relies on wireless functionality to access tools that help them care for and communicate with patients. SVP helps make all of this possible.”
Healthcare facilities progressively rely on wireless capabilities to meet the growing demand for telehealth visits. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated it would treat virtual visits the same as in-person visits, allowing more patients to see doctors virtually. In March, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush announced it had trained its nearly 100 providers on telehealth.
The telehealth trend is taking hold at medical facilities across the nation. According to a physician survey published in April by Merritt Hawkins, nearly half of all physicians were treating patients virtually, up from 18% in 2018. Key leaders at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush stated they’re prepared to continue telehealth visits after the pandemic if patients request it, which deems services like SVP’s even more critical to caring for patients.
“We provide ubiquitous coverage throughout the facility and parking garages,” said Justin Marron, CEO for SVP. “With our future-proofed approach to the lifecycle management of all wireless communications, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush will have a state-of-the-art system now and well into the future, capable of handling any wireless offering that may be developed in the coming years. We’ll keep managing relationships with wireless carriers so they can focus on caring for patients.”