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November 18, 2009

U.K. Hospital Leveraging Aruba's Wireless Service Receives e-Health Insider Award

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor


Aruba Networks, a provider of 802.11n wireless LANs and secure mobility products, reportedly announced that U.K.-based Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust -- or “SUHT“ -- has received e-Health Insider magazine’s “Best Use of Wireless in Healthcare” award.

 
Sponsored by Cisco Systems (News - Alert), the e-Health Insider’s “Best Use of Wireless in Healthcare Award” recognizes the role that technology plays in facilitating wireless for healthcare staff.
 
In 2006, SUHT first deployed an Aruba wireless local area network in order to bring high-resolution imaging to their operating theatres. Furthermore, the SUHT expanded its network to provide mobile voice as well as data access across the entire site.
 
SUHT has also leveraged Aruba’s “remote access point” technology, in order to provide communication infrastructure for the hospital’s wireless remote access program that extends the network of the hospital to the homes and satellite offices of the hospital’s medical consultants. With this deployment, the hospital saw reduced delays in diagnosis as well as speeding treatment for time-critical illnesses.
 
According to Aruba, its RAP technology delivers the enterprise network to remote locations and mobile users. It also provides the security of a virtual private network (VPN) without - the overhead or expense of managing client software. It utilizes Ethernet or broadband cellular to network users anywhere.
 
Aruba’s RAP technology is also ideal for branch offices, telecommuters and business continuity applications, said the company.
 
“People who deliver healthcare services rarely sit at a desk for long, and they need immediate access to information while on the move,” said Jon Hoeksma, editor of e-Health Insider, in a press release. “By extending its secure wireless network to remote sites without losing functionality or compromising security, SUHT has demonstrated how wireless technology can improve patient care and increase staff efficiency. It is for this accomplishment that SUHT stood out among the many contestants we considered, and won the award for the best use of wireless in healthcare.”
 
“This award is the culmination of a wireless program that has steadily expanded since we upgraded to Aruba’s wireless LANs three years ago,” said Ryan Hewitt, network manager at SUHT.  “The wireless network on our campus has received very positive response from our care staff and patients. More significantly, the Wireless Remote Access Program is a major success, and contributes to saving lives both at the hospital and at remote care centers all along the south coast and Channel Islands. We’re honored that e-Health Insider magazine and their sponsor recognize the value and benefits of SUHT’s wireless deployment.”
 
Aruba’s multi-purpose mobility platform, which enables multiple medical applications, is now leveraged by many leading care providers across the globe, thereby modernizing healthcare, according to Aruba.  
 

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri


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