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Secure wireless network for Wirral University Hospital

Aruba Networks : 28 January, 2009  (Application Story)
NHS Foundation in northern England chooses secure wireless network from Aruba for advanced mobile applications
Aruba Networks has announced that Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in northwest England has deployed Aruba's secure wireless solutions at its Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospitals. The Trust provides acute healthcare services to more than 400,000 patients annually, and needed a secure wireless solution to enhance staff productivity, track patient data, and ensure compliance to working time directives. Aruba was selected for the project based on its high security and centralised management.

"The Aruba wireless network supports 2,500 healthcare professionals who now have reliable, secure access to Electronic Patient Records and Picture Archiving Communications Systems (PACS)" said Pete Marsh MBE, Technical Director for Wirral Health Informatics Service. "Our staff deal with sensitive, time-critical data all day, and immediate access is essential. We now send PACS data securely and reliably to clinicians' mobile devices, improving efficiency, reducing the risk of transcription errors, and ensuring that compliance protocols are met. As a result both acute and primary care is delivered to patients with greater speed and accuracy than ever before."

Aruba's patent-pending Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology lowers Wi-Fi deployment and maintenance costs by automating site surveys and using infrastructure based controls to optimise 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 with densely packed users such as large hospitals, lecture halls and libraries. ARM uses a variety of techniques to control how Wi-Fi clients interact, thereby helping to ensure that data, voice, and video applications have sufficient network resources to operate properly. The result is that end users enjoy a better wireless experience.

Aruba's centralised architecture delivers switch-like performance and lowers IT operating expenses by simplifying network set-up, expansion, and updates. Whether managing a single campus or a multi-national enterprise, the centralised architecture delivers exceptional performance yet requires minimal IT staff overhead to manage.

"The Trust has a long history of innovation in the field of mobile healthcare technologies, including early wireless systems and wearable computers, so the bar was set quite high for the new wireless infrastructure" said Bob Vickers, Aruba's UK sales director. "Aruba's centralised management and high security made the network easy to install and configure, and ensured that privacy was maintained for patient-related data. The end result is an increase in staff efficiency and a better patient experience."
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