SOURCE: Enterasys

Enterasys

September 28, 2009 09:00 ET

Samaritan Hospital Selects Siemens Enterprise Communications Group for Wire-Free Patient Zone

Seamless Data and VoIP Infrastructure Improves Staff Efficiency and Patient Care

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2009) -  Siemens Enterprise Communications Group (SEN Group) today announced that Samaritan Hospital, a 100-year-old acute care facility in Ashland, Ohio, has implemented SEN Group's seamless voice and data connectivity to provide secure wireless connectivity for Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony and networked medical devices, including state-of-the-art wireless patient monitors. The SEN Group solution serves as a reliable, cost-effective unified communications platform for Samaritan Hospital's 750 employees across seven locations, empowering them to deliver better quality of care to patients.

"Prior to the Siemens Enterprise Communications Group deployment, our network infrastructure was best described as the 'Wild West': unreliable, with limited visibility into access policies," explained Mike Miller, network manager at Samaritan Hospital. "The hospital had goals it wanted to achieve, leveraging technology, to provide a better healthcare environment, but our network was holding us back."

Using a combination of HiPath Wireless V6 for remote connectivity, HiPath 4000 for VoIP, Enterasys C-Series and N-Series switches for the data network and NMS Policy Manager software, Samaritan Hospital's 21st-century network has improved productivity while lowering total cost of ownership. The new network also delivers certified support for state-of-the-art medical devices such as Dräger wireless heart monitors. The HiPath Wireless portfolio ensures that life-critical information is prioritized over non-patient monitoring data on the network.

The HiPath Wireless portfolio provides a cost-effective way for Samaritan Hospital to deploy 802.11n solutions, delivering simple-to-use wired/wireless integration while supporting a broad range of mobile voice, data and location-based applications. The Siemens HiPath 4000 VoIP solution delivers reliable, cost-effective telephony service that has already reduced the cost of interdepartmental phone calls between the hospital's various facilities. The Enterasys C-Series switch -- a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet edge switch -- provides scalable, wire-rate support for environments such as healthcare facilities that require complete multilayer switching capabilities and support for high density 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 10GE ports, and dynamic routing capabilities. The Enterasys N-Series flow-based switch gives Miller and his staff complete visibility and control of individual users and voice/video/data applications. The entire infrastructure is easily managed by Enterasys NMS Policy Manager, automatically centralizing all role-based access policies for users, applications, protocols, VLANs, ports, and data flows.

"Since implementing the SEN Group solution, we have seen a significant increase in network efficiency, coupled with a decrease in help desk tickets across the entire hospital," Miller said. "The NMS Policy Manager has truly been a lifesaver for me and my team. We have unprecedented visibility into the network that has given us the ability to create and enforce compliance policies that are crucial in the healthcare industry. Implementation, configuration and everyday management of the network was easy to learn and maintain, thanks to the support we receive from the SEN Group team. Today, my small staff of two administrators can focus on giving support to caregivers in the hospital instead of troubleshooting the network."

About Siemens Enterprise Communications Group (SEN Group)
The SEN Group is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based architectures to unify communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, SEN Group companies include Siemens Enterprise Communications, Cycos, and Enterasys Networks.

For more information about the SEN Group or Enterasys please visit www.siemens-enterprise.com or www.enterasys.com.

Note: Siemens Enterprise Communications & Co K.G. is a trademark licensee of Siemens AG. HiPath, OpenOffice, OpenScape and OpenStage, are registered trademarks of Siemens Enterprise Communications & Co K.G. or its affiliates. All other company, brand, product and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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