UPDATE: Responding to follow-up questions from NashvillePost.com, Market Center Management respresentative Cole Daugherty said the following: "The RHCC agreement totals 80,000-square-feet, which includes all three components. The exact square footage for each will be determined as RHCC plans their optimum use of the space. Each component is being developed in parallel. We expect all components of the showroom to be complete and to open whenthe trade center itself opens."
He also was quick to point out that the RHCC lease alone respresents more square footage than the entire net leasable showroom space in Cleveland.
As originally posted:
The Nashville Medical Trade Center today announced another major lessee in the shape of the RFID in Healthcare Consortium.
The group — which is similar to the HIMSS organization that also has signed on for med mart space — will exhibit products from multiple companies specializing in radio frequency identification and real-time locating systems technologies in the health care, assisted-living and nursing home industries.
The RHCC showroom will be developed in three phases and will eventually encompass 80,000 square feet. The three facets of the showroom will be the Intelligent Hospital, the Center for Excellence and International Technology Pavilions.
“Our effort to create a unified marketplace for healthcare ideas and innovation strongly complements the mission of the RHCC,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO of Market Center Management, the developer of the Nashville Medical Trade Center. “A permanent showcase for technology aligned with the Intelligent Hospital will capitalize on the significant number of companies and fast-emerging solutions in advanced wireless technology. The interest in the RHCC center, particularly from international health care companies and provider organizations, will be significant.”
According to Market Center, which is developing the Medical Trade Center, the Intelligent Hospital will, among other things, “replicate the actual environments of a hospital including registration, surgical services, emergency rooms, and critical care units — a complete hospital deployment.” Later in the development process, an assisted/independent living home and nursing home room will be constructed as well to showcase various technologies.
“The objective of the Intelligent Hospital is to demonstrate the changing healthcare patient environment by integrating advanced clinical devices with layers of interconnectivity among supporting technologies, such as auto-ID, biometrics, NFC, RFID, RTLS, Sensors, and Wireless technologies along with point-of-care information delivery and communications devices,” said Paul Frisch, president and CTO of RHCC. “We are extremely pleased to be part of the Nashville project and believe that our Intelligent Hospital will highlight how the combination of these clinical devices, systems and supporting technologies addresses many of the issues affecting workflow and potentially impacting patient care and safety.”
The Center for Excellence will incorporate research, training, teaching and testing environments, while the International Technology Pavilions will house internationally based manufacturers and suppliers of products and services within the RFID and RTLS industries.