California Rural Indian Health Board Projects


Lighting & Energy Management Proposal

enegery-perposal-dashI worked on an energy management proposal for the California Rural Indian Health Board that will guide the installation of some simple systems to reduce energy usage, improve   the economic operation of the facilities, and help  maintain a  energy management program for a health care campus. As an electrical engineer and a system engineering graduate, and after working with contractors in the local area, I observed the need for an energy management and energy consumption program applied to the Tule River Health Program.  After talking with the maintenance manager, and the CFO, I conclude that the system as it is currently designed uses energy in an inefficient manner. This results higher energy cost for the multiple buildings on the campus of  the healthcare program.perposal-energy-management-system

The initial plan of this proposed project is to install a wireless building automation system known as BACnet. The BACnet system provides many functions in building automation.  The critical function to this project is the ability to monitor real time energy consumption and present the data gathered by field sensors to a networked server.  With this data energy levels can be monitored and areas of energy consumption can be identified and reduced.


Satellite Health Evaluation Room


I helped designed a remote medical monitoring system for the California Rural Indian Health Board.  Many times an Indian Reservations are in remote locations, making it difficult to transport a Medical Doctor (MD) to the reservation site.  With the use of the California Telemedicne and eHalth Center Network the people in remote location can get (MD) services and recommendations.

Room design impacts the quality of the telemedicine service and should not be overlooked during the development of a telemedicine room.  Good telemedicine room design will accomplish two major functions: It will create the visual and audio clarity and accuracy that is necessary to support clinical examination and diagnosis from a distance.


Design Consideration

In creating the telemedicine room is to integrate the technology into the examination almost seamlessly, and to reproduce the images accurately to the consulting MD.  There is a number of design considerations to consider.  The most important design considerations are:

·         Room Size

·         Placement of Equipment and Furniture

·         Electrical and Telecommunication Connection

·         Lighting

·         Acoustics

·         Wall Color

Lighting is a critical element in the design of the telemedicine room design.


Lighting Fundamentals


. Use diffused soft light falling in front of the patient

. Avoid backlighting from windows or overhead lights

. Avoid harsh lighting sources

. Consider full spectrum lighting

. Use supplemental lighting when necessary


The second critical element in the telemedicine room design are the acoustics.  I researched a wall construction technique that greatly reduced the room susceptibility to outside noise.