SOURCE: Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks, Inc.

August 11, 2009 00:10 ET

Xiamen Women and Children Hospital Improves Management of Patient Records With Aruba Wireless LAN

System Features Advanced Mobile Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Electronic Registration, Real-Time Location Tracking (RTLS), and Wireless Video Surveillance

XIAMEN, CHINA--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that the Xiamen Women and Children Hospital (XWCH) has deployed Aruba's wireless solutions for mobile EMR, patient registration applications, RTLS, and video surveillance. Located in China's Fujian province, with a population 3.5 million, the 250-bed XWCH serves two-thirds of the province's women and children with a staff of more than 500. XWCH is the only local hospital to provide a combination of healthcare, disease prevention, medication, scientific research, family planning, and reproductive health services in one unit. The new wireless network was deployed to enhance staff mobility and productivity while improving overall patient care.

"Our hospital is focused on continuous quality improvement with respect to both services that affect patient care and our internal operations," said Yang Guangcai, Director of the Information Technology Department. "Aruba's mobility solutions have allowed us to integrate all patient-related information into one system that is accessible to authorized staff from anywhere within or outside of our facility. Physicians can now securely retrieve and view patient data at bedside or from off-site, enhancing both patient care and community outreach without compromising the integrity of patient records."

Hospital admission was previously a time-consuming task for both staff and patients. Now patients can register electronically using self-service kiosks, and avail themselves of free wireless guest network while waiting for service. To increase the volume of patient services, RTLS is used to locate essential medical equipment by continuously tracking high-value assets. "RTLS has largely eliminated manual searches for misplaced equipment, allowing us to expedite service and minimize patient waiting time," continued Yang. "Combined with our wireless surveillance system, RTLS had also reduced the volume of lost and stolen equipment."

To deliver a best-in-class wireless experience, Aruba's Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) uses infrastructure-based controls to optimize the performance of Wi-Fi clients in real-time. Acting on their own, Wi-Fi clients do not always work cooperatively with other clients, or select the optimal band, channel, and access point. These issues are exacerbated in settings like intensive care wards with densely packed users and large numbers of 802.11b telemetry and voice clients. ARM uses a variety of techniques to control how Wi-Fi clients interact, thereby ensuring that data, voice, and video applications have sufficient network resources, including airtime, to operate properly.

"Our mobility initiative mandated a network with the performance of Ethernet but the convenience of Wi-Fi," continued Yang. "Prior to selecting Aruba we considered solutions from Cisco and Motorola, but no other vendor offered a Wi-Fi network with the capabilities of ARM. Aruba has given us a secure, feature-rich network that boosts efficiency, delivers reliable access to information, and elevates our service standard to a whole new level."

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People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam, using a combination of award-winning solutions:

--  Adaptive 802.11n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure that
    users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Rightsizing
    expensive wired LANs by replacing them with high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi
    reduces both capital and operating expenses;
--  Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing
    those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
--  Remote networking solutions for branch offices, fixed telecommuters,
    and satellite facilities ensures uninterrupted remote access to
    applications;
--  Multi-vendor network management provides a single point of control
    while managing both legacy and new wireless networks from Aruba and its
    competitors.
    

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