Wavelink to implement wireless network management at St. Vincent's Hospital

Kirkland 16 December 2002St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, which has one of the most advanced information technology networks in the United States, recently implemented Wavelink Corporation's wireless network management solution, further expanding Wavelink's reach into the health care industry. Wavelink Corporation is a provider of wireless application development software, network management, and mobile device solutions for the enterprise.

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St. Vincent's chose Wavelink Mobile Manager, which provides end-to-end visibility and control of wireless local area networks (WLANs), to speed the deployment of its secure wireless LAN infrastructure across its five-building campus and to manage network administration more efficiently and cost-effectively. Wavelink supports the world's most popular programming languages and device operating systems with technology that spans wireless local area networks (WLAN) as well as wireless wide area networks (WWAN) or the mobile Internet.

Wavelink's technology enables St. Vincent's network administrators to manage the wireless network from one central location and to simultaneously change configuration settings and monitor performance for all 167 access points. The ability to remotely view all access points and easily modify their configurations in minutes instead of days represents significant savings in IT resources and time.

"Wavelink Mobile Manager is an important part of St. Vincent's ongoing digital hospital initiative", stated St. Vincent's Hospital CEO Curtis James. "Physicians and nurses will have the freedom to use wireless devices effectively and securely to optimise their time and improve patient assessments and decisions. The result is better care for our patients and efficiencies for our physicians and staff."

St. Vincent's wireless network provides physicians with real time patient information on mobile devices at the point of care and beyond the walls of the hospital. Nurses will use tablet computers to track patient charts and update records, and the WLAN enables staff members to register patients at their bedsides and perform various administrative tasks. St Vincent's also will use its WLAN to allow doctors to review the latest patient information and electronically place orders for care from anywhere at any time without having to access a hardwired computer terminal.

"As one of the most innovative hospitals in the country, St Vincent's is demonstrating the value of a well-managed and well-secured wireless network", stated David Bullis, president and CEO of Wavelink. "As hospitals across the country begin to realise the benefits of delivering critical patient information wirelessly, the management capabilities provided by Wavelink Mobile Manager will ensure that their WLANs will deliver their maximum potential as mission-critical infrastructure while allowing hospitals to access and secure the confidential data critical to their patient care."

St. Vincent's, a 338-bed acute care hospital serving a five-county area, is a member of Ascension Health, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health systems. St. Vincent's is designated as Ascension Health's flagship digital hospital and has been recognised nationally for its technology initiatives. St. Vincent's is a past winner of the Alabama Quality Award for Healthcare; has been named a McKesson Clinical Leader; and has been named one of the country's 100 Most Wired Hospitals. Service areas include: Women's and Children's Services, Oncology, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Neurology, and Surgical Services.


Leslie Versweyveld

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