More than ever, the management of wireless devices and the environment in which they are deployed is critical to patient care. After eight years of investigating interference problems in the healthcare environment for Philips Healthcare, Dara McLain, founder of Nomad EMC Consulting, has decided to apply her extensive knowledge in this area by going solo.
"After many years of interaction with hospitals, biomeds and clinical engineers, I have a pretty accurate view of what will benefit the healthcare industry the most, with knowledge and training being at the top of the list," McLain says. "Healthcare institutions need to react to interference problems with speed and accuracy, and training will set them up for success."
To this end, McLain has partnered with Anritsu, a global provider of communications test solutions for more than 110 years, and the provider of the essential tools she uses in her work. With a goal of helping those who seek to help themselves, McLain will deliver a 2-day technical interference analysis course she has developed with Anritsu. The course is tailored to the healthcare environment, with emphasis on the WMTS frequency bands. With healthcare budgets in mind, the course can be held at the healthcare facility and eliminate travel expenses. In addition, Anritsu has offered a $1,000 discount for a limited time on the purchase of a Spectrum Master™ MS2721B handheld analyzer to students attending the course.
The benefit of this partnership is the long-standing relationship between McLain and Anritsu, resulting in test equipment and software designed to address the multitudes of interference issues found in hospitals. Anritsu is widely regarded as the leader in handheld test solutions, with its Site Master™ and Spectrum Master handheld analyzers.
"With sound troubleshooting processes, and the tools to carry them through, there is no magic to deal with. It isn't rocket science," McLain insists, "and those who support healthcare environments should have the opportunity to learn these skills."
In addition to teaching technical courses, McLain’s firm will also offer EMC Management Program training for hospitals, as well as interference investigative services.
About Nomad EMC Consulting
In addition to eight years of investigating interference in hundreds of hospitals across the US for Philips, McLain contributed to Maintenance Team 23 (IEC 60601-1-2 Medical EMC Standards), AAMI EMC Committee, and has presented at countless medical and biomed conferences on EMC Management. Her working career spans 20+ years in RF and Microwave.
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Anritsu Company (www.us.anritsu.com) is the American subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for more than 110 years. Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments as well as operations support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu sells in over 90 countries with approximately 4,000 employees.