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June 14, 2010 09:00 ET

Southcoast Health System Is Honored as a CIO 100 Award Recipient for Use of Innovative Wireless Technology, Deployed by Bluesocket™

Bluesocket Continues to Drive Innovation in Healthcare With a Commitment of High Performance and Tight Security

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 14, 2010) - IDG's CIO magazine announced Southcoast Health System as a recipient of the 2010 CIO 100. The 23rd annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. Southcoast was recognized for innovations in technology for three key areas: the broad application of wireless technology across several continuums of care in a hospital setting; the implementation of a nursing documentation component streamlining, charting and care planning which in turn allowed nurses to spend more time with patients; and the implementation of technology to allow access to patient-care and diagnostics applications from a single wireless device.

Southcoast wanted to implement a new wireless LAN infrastructure that was more reliable than its legacy system and that would enable dependable mobility at the point of care. The major thrust of their project was to enable staff to securely collect, store, share and access patient data using mobile devices such as laptops and tablets and they needed a solution that was high performing, and secure that can easily scale to support an increasing number of users.

Southcoast selected a Bluesocket wireless LAN infrastructure utilizing MIMO technology to significantly increase coverage and wireless performance. Southcoast's testing found that Bluesocket provided the most reliable connectivity and seamless handoffs between access points for a variety of mobile device types, thus making it possible to utilize wireless networks for critical care.

Two months after the project was completed, Southcoast had already:

  • Improved patient care processes and staff productivity through a direct reduction in the time it takes nursing to document patient care (approximately 30 minutes of each nurse's time, each day).
  • Eliminated the typical 20-40 minute delay in access to patient information as patients move from the emergency department to inpatient.
  • Reached a point where 98 percent of patient wristbands and 85 percent of medications are scanned at bedside.
  • Established a single electronic patient record that is available upon readmission or admission to another care facility, thereby insuring timely access to diagnostic and treatment information.

Southcoast CIO Chris Baldwin reports that the entire hospital system will soon be paperless. Today, two of the three Southcoast hospitals are scanning their remaining paper components of the patient charts, with the third scheduled to go online in the coming weeks.

"Going paperless and implementing electronic health records across our hospitals was a major priority for us as it will directly impact patient care," said Baldwin. "Bluesocket proved the best choice for providing a wireless LAN infrastructure that would give us the most reliable connectivity between access points and across all of the fixed and mobile devices we use to securely access patient data. We are thrilled with our initial results around more timely access to patient information and improved staff productivity and looking forward to completely eliminating the need for paper records in the spring."

"Chris Baldwin's decision to use Bluesocket wireless solution was an exercise of incredible vision, to increase the efficiency of hospital staff and this is exactly the type of critical activity that we had in mind when building the solution. High performance and robust security are a foundation to our wireless products. Our newly launched virtual wireless solution, vWLAN®, offers incredible scale, more cost efficiency and flexibility. We have recently made our vWLAN® product line available to customers for upgrade and to our channel partners," Mads Lillelund, CEO, at Bluesocket. 

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About Bluesocket:
Bluesocket ™ is the leading provider of virtual wireless solutions for healthcare, education, government, hospitality and Enterprise. Bluesocket's award winning vWLAN® 802.11n technology is the first truly distributed wireless architecture, supporting decisions at the edge of the network and managing them with one centralized server. The Bluesocket vWLAN® solution offers optimized performance, cost efficiencies, scalability and unique features like zero failover with zero packet loss. 2600 customers and partners, in more than 47 countries choose Bluesocket for innovative wireless solutions.

Bluesocket, the Bluesocket logo, BlueProtect, BlueSecure and vWLAN are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bluesocket, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names and company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective companies.

About Southcoast Health System & Southcoast Hospitals Group:
Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island. It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group -- Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery and advanced imaging services. Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org.

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