Hospital signs for wireless pilot

Wireless Internet provider, Air Portal, in conjunction with Cisco, has signed a 90-day pilot agreement with the Western Sydney Area Health Service at Blacktown Hospital.

Due to commence in coming weeks, network-based software and hardware systems from Vocera Communications will be installed across Blacktown Hospital’s emergency department and other departments including radiology and pathology to enable crucial communication between staff.

Steven Boyages, CEO of WSAHS said the tool will allow nurses and doctors to give patients the best care possible and eliminate delays in contacting key staff in crucial situations.

“It will also mean that each health worker is able to perform their job untethered from a desk, telephone or computer,” Boyages said.

The system will be showcased for the first time in Australia this week at the annual Cisco Systems Networkers Conference being held in Brisbane.

Terry Walsh, managing director, Cisco Australia and New Zealand, said Cisco and Air Portal “share the vision of extending high speed communications beyond the desktop”.

“The applications to industries such as healthcare, of WLAN technologies are providing significant advantages to people who need information on the move,” he said.

The system will be rolled out across all hospitals in the Western Sydney Area Health Service if the pilot is successful.

Targeting mobile personnel in hospitals, retail operation, and other in-building environments, the Vocera Communications System provides hands-free, voice-driven communications throughout any 802.11b-networked building or campus.

The System consists of Vocera Server Software, residing on a customer premise server, and Vocera Communications Badges, which operate over a wireless LAN (802.11b).

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