Valley Baptist physicians interconnected through Metrocall's in-house wireless network

Alexandria 02 February 2001The Systems Applications Division of Metrocall Inc., a wireless data and messaging company, has installed a new state-of-the-art Integrated Resource Management (IRM) system to facilitate wireless communications for Valley Baptist Medical Center (VBMC) of Harlingen in Texas. Metrocall's IRM system constitutes an on-premise wireless network that provides expeditious transmission time to ten, or ten thousand, wireless devices, making it ideal for the critical communications demands of large, campus-based health care organisations.


VBMC offers services ranging from critical care and paediatrics to joint replacement and an emergency trauma centre. Metrocall's IRM system interconnects work forces through centrally administered servers, and on-site transmitters, providing for virtual transmission of less than five seconds. Wireless messages can be sent to specific groups or to a single user. Among other benefits, the in-house administration saves time by eliminating the need for third party participation in switching wireless devices or adding new users to the system.

"Valley Baptist Medical Center will recognise immediate benefits from the latest in campus-based wireless technologies", according to Nancy Green, Metrocall's systems applications division vice president. "With a dedicated VHF transmitter on-site, important messages will be delivered much faster than traditional paging methods, and in-house administration provides for convenient exchange of devices. Put into simple words, this locally operating wireless system will offer peace-of-mind to health care professionals who are dependent on medical data and messaging between colleagues."

Currently, the Metrocall IRM links doctors and other colleagues throughout the Valley Baptist campus. In the future, it will be utilised to administer the medical centre's nurse call system as well. This is the second installation of a Metrocall IRM at a health care facility in Texas. Star Anaesthesia, located in San Antonio, has equally selected Metrocall for its internal communication needs. The Metrocall IRM system was recently demonstrated at the Health care Information Management Systems Society (HIMMS) 2001 Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Since 1925, the Valley Baptist Medical Center has been synonymous with excellence. From emergency care and obstetrics to radiology and cardiac surgery, Valley Baptist has led the way by combining modern technologies and facilities with an outstanding staff of physicians and health care professionals. At present, this quest for excellence continues as an ever expanding roster of outpatient services and rural health clinics bringing medical care within reach of the entire community.

Metrocall, based in Virginia, provides both products and services to more than six million business and individual subscribers. Metrocall was founded in 1965, became a publicly traded company in 1993, and currently employs approximately 3500 professionals coast to coast. The company offers two-way interactive messaging, wireless e-mail and Internet connectivity, cellular and digital PCS phones, as well as one-way messaging services. Within the USA, Metrocall operates on many nationwide, regional and local networks, including a new Two-Way Interactive Network (TWIN), and can supply a wide variety of customisable Internet-based information content services.

Also, Metrocall offers totally integrated resource management systems and communications solutions for both business and campus environments. Metrocall's wireless networks operate in the top 1000 markets all across the United States and the company has offices and retail locations in more than forty states. Metrocall Inc. is also the largest equity-owner of Inciscent, an independent business-to-business enterprise, that is a national full-service "wired-to-wireless" Application Service Provider (ASP).

Leslie Versweyveld

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