SOURCE: Meru Networks, Inc.

Meru Networks, Inc.

February 11, 2014 08:00 ET

Cornwall Community Hospital Chooses Meru 802.11ac Uninterrupted Care Network to Improve Patient Care

Clinicians Experience Uninterrupted Performance When Accessing EMR Clinical Manager From Mobile Devices

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2014) - Meru Networks® (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, today announced that Cornwall Community Hospital in Ontario, Canada has deployed a Meru 802.11ac Uninterrupted Care Network to give clinicians speedy access to the hospital's electronic medical record system and other applications via their laptops, tablets and smart phones.

"With Meru, we have a highly available wireless LAN that can run clinical applications, such as EMR and PACS, with performance that's equal to a wired network," said Mario Alibrando, director of IT at Cornwall Community Hospital. "The 802.11ac Wi-Fi has enabled us to move towards the implementation of a fully-integrated clinical system making patients' electronic health records accessible from any mobile device, anywhere, anytime and is one of the key network components guaranteeing our future success. This will allow us to advance to Stage 6 in the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model, which has been achieved by only a few elite hospitals in Canada."

The Meru network, chosen for scalability and performance, is part of a $120 million redevelopment project at Cornwall. The 95,000-square-foot West Wing is home to the hospital's state-of-the-art diagnostic services and also has a new emergency room and six operating rooms. All clinical systems will be integrated, allowing physicians, clinicians, technicians, as well as clerical and administrative staff to share data and improve the delivery of care to patients. The Meru Uninterrupted Care Network also supports the hospital's wireless VoIP phones, housekeeping, dietary and maintenance departments as well as patient and visitor Internet access.

Cornwall Community Hospital has deployed hundreds of Meru access points, including AP832s and AP320s and uses MC4200 wireless controllers and virtual controllers.

The Meru 'Uninterrupted Care Network'

Meru's Uninterrupted Care Network (UCN) enables hospitals to create separate Wi-Fi channel layers. This allows hospitals to offer the benefits of mobility for Wi-Fi enabled "Life Critical" devices such as telemetry and to help ensure reliable connectivity for those devices on their own dedicated RF channel.

Three Layers of UCN

  • Life Critical: One set of wireless channels can be dedicated for life critical applications and devices like smart infusion pumps and Wi-Fi enabled telemetry devices and for carrying wireless traffic only associated with these applications. Centralized monitoring conducted by Wi-Fi enabled devices is not only designed to improve clinician productivity, but may also help hospital in improving patient safety.
  • Mission Critical: A second channel layer can be dedicated for "Mission Critical" applications and devices to provide reliable connectivity and QoS for mobile enterprise applications such as EMR, VoIP, Citrix based CPOE and barcode medicine administration. This is designed to improve clinician productivity and increase patient satisfaction (HCAHPS).
  • Consumer Critical: UCN can also provide a "Consumer-Critical" layer, to enable patients to connect with friends and family using the Internet. Such family interaction has been shown to positively impact patient mood and treatment outcome, thus improving patient satisfaction scores.

"The Meru Uninterrupted Care Network enables hospitals to scale their wireless capacity and coverage to support bandwidth-intensive applications like EMR and view medical images over mobile devices," said Sarosh Vesuna, vice president and general manager of Meru's business units. "As Cornwall Community Hospital continues to integrate its clinical systems, Meru's channel layering technology will enable IT to add Wi-Fi-enabled devices and sensors, while helping to ensure the high performance and reliability of its life-critical and mission-critical applications."

Additional information about the Meru Uninterrupted Care Network is available here: http://www.merunetworks.com/industries/healthcare.html

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader in the development of mobile access and virtualized Wi-Fi solutions. Meru's MobileFLEX wireless architecture addresses the ever-growing need for higher bandwidth and higher client densities. The Meru Identity Manager solution greatly simplifies secure device on-boarding and the company's unique Context-aware Application Layers enable dedicated channel assignments for specific applications, devices and usage scenarios. Meru customers include Fortune 500 businesses as well as leaders in education, healthcare and hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Japan. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

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