Denver Health and Clarian Health Partners select MobileAccess for universal in-building wireless network

Vienna 24 October 2005Denver Health has selected the MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network to deliver a broad range of hospital-specific in-building wireless services and applications. The MobileAccess deployment will provide multi-service wireless coverage for wireless medical applications throughout the facility's three in- and out-patient buildings that together comprise nearly one million square feet. Clarian Health Partners also has selected the MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network to extend wireless service coverage to Clarian North Medical Center in Indianapolis. With the MobileAccess solution, Clarian North will be equipped to support a diverse array of wireless medical applications over a unified, cost-effective infrastructure, and its medical teams will be empowered to deliver superior patient care by embracing mobile tools and technologies.

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The MobileAccess installation will provide wireless coverage for more than 500.000 square feet throughout the Clarian North facility. Once deployed, the Universal Wireless Network will provide high-quality support for multiple wireless services, including cellular, PCS, and Wi-Fi, and enable wireless medical applications, such as hands-free VoWiFi communication services.

According to Rich Johnson, chief information officer for Clarian Health Partners, in-building wireless is a critical element in achieving the facility's core objectives. "Clarian's mission is to improve the health of our patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service", stated Mr. Johnson. "Clarian has one of the top five transplant centres in the United States, is a leader in paediatric health care with Riley Hospital, and is consistently ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report. We are committed to delivering patient care second to none and successfully meeting the increasing health care demands of a growing population. For Clarian North, the MobileAccess solution is the platform from which we will implement and manage the wireless technologies to fulfil the mission."

Clarian selected MobileAccess for the Clarian North project from a range of alternative approaches with the assistance of their wireless technology consultant, Stratum Broadband, a subcontractor to Clarian's outsourcing partner, IBM. "The MobileAccess platform is impressive, not only because it supports a full spectrum of wireless services", stated Jerry O'Brien, a principal at Stratum Broadband, "but also because the network enables Clarian North to add or change wireless services at any time without disturbing existing services or re-engineering - it's very adaptable."

"MobileAccess has provided in-building wireless networks to many high-profile organisations worldwide, including all of the United States Congress, the American Red Cross and Lehman Brothers", stated Cathy Zatloukal, president and CEO of MobileAccess. "It is clear from our recent installations at WakeMed and SMDC, and this award from Clarian, that leading hospitals value the MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network for its ability to adapt and scale to meet evolving wireless requirements while extending in-building wireless capabilities to improve the quality of patient care."

Clarian Health Partners is an Indiana-based, private, non-profit organisation offering a broad base of tertiary services, specialized paediatric care and a Level 1 Trauma Center. Clarian is Indiana's largest, most comprehensive health centre and is one of the busiest hospital systems in the nation. In 2004, Clarian became Indiana's first magnet hospital system. Clarian's mission is to improve the health of patients and the community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service. To fulfil its mission, Clarian uses the combined resources of its sponsoring institutions and its continuing affiliation with Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the nation's leading medical education and research centres. Clarian Health Partners Inc. operates the Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children campuses as a single hospital under Indiana law.

The MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network offers a single infrastructure to carry and manage a full array of critical data and applications. The system enhances in-building coverage for voice and data services from multiple wireless operators, providing reliable communication with cell phones, PDAs, and other wireless devices. The 802.11 capabilities integrated into the MobileAccess platform also enable Wi-Fi-based point-of-care applications and expanded Vocera wireless VoIP services.

The heavy construction materials used in large structures, especially hospitals, tend to impede the propagation of RF signals, resulting in weak signal coverage in some or all areas of a facility. The MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network overcomes those limitations, providing strong consistent coverage for all desired wireless services. The MobileAccess Wire-It-Once deployment architecture gives the flexibility to add new services at any time without disrupting the cabling or antenna infrastructure, a key benefit for hospitals where contamination and containment procedures are critically important.

"As the market moves from wired to wireless communications, hospitals and health centres are adopting new channels of communication that instantly link doctors, nurses, emergency personnel and patients to each other as well as vital information and equipment", stated Reuben Mezrich, M.D., Ph.D., a newly-appointed member of the MobileAccess advisory board. "With the MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network, health care organisations have the adaptable and manageable infrastructure needed to introduce and support a diverse array of current and future leading-edge services and applications."

"The MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network is rapidly becoming recognized in the health care industry as the leading in-building wireless platform over which CIOs can implement current and emerging wireless services and applications", stated Cathy Zatloukal. "Our solution provides a compelling business case for clients like Denver Health who not only reap the benefits of deploying wireless medical applications to improve patient care, but also can future-proof their technology investment as the MobileAccess wireless platform will continue to adapt and scale to their evolving wireless requirements."

Denver Health, formerly known as Denver General Hospital, is the Rocky Mountain Region's Level 1 academic trauma centre, and the safety net hospital for the Denver area. The Denver Health system, which integrates acute and emergency care with public and community health, includes the 398-licensed bed Denver Health Medical Center, the Rocky Mountain Regional Trauma Center, Denver's 911 emergency medical response system, Denver Health Paramedic Division, nine family health centres, 11 school-based health clinics, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, NurseLine, Correctional Care, Denver CARES, Denver Public Health, The Denver Health Medical Plan, Denver Health Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Center for Medical Response to Terrorism, Mass Casualties and Epidemics.

MobileAccess Networks designs, manufactures, and markets in-building wireless network solutions that support multiple voice and data services and applications. The company's Universal Wireless Network features an adaptive infrastructure that provides exceptional support for current (cellular/PCS, Wi-Fi, etc.) and emerging (3G, WMTS, LBS, etc.) wireless service and application needs. MobileAccess' solutions, which have been deployed in more than 1000 hospitals, enterprises, public venues and other large-scale facilities, guarantee business-quality performance, scalability, security and reliability. They also enable customers to leverage their wireless devices (cell phones, BlackBerry devices, PDAs, laptops, 2-way radios) and applications wherever necessary to conduct their business more efficiently and cost-effectively. More company news is available in the VMW April 2005 article WakeMed Hospital deploys MobileAccess in-building wireless network.


Leslie Versweyveld

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