Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) today announced that Lowell General Hospital is deploying a new Aruba wireless LAN that is designed to accommodate the increasing number of wireless medical devices and approved employee-owned personal devices connecting to the organization’s network, while meeting the stringent security requirements of healthcare facilities. The network will also improve remote access for the hospital’s executive staff and contracted physicians. By expanding access to patient information and critical hospital applications from physicians’ practices and executives’ home offices, the network is enabling greater efficiencies and improved patient care.
Lowell General Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit community hospital serving the greater Lowell, Massachusetts area and surrounding communities. With two primary campuses, the hospital offers the latest state-of-the-art technology and a full range of medical and surgical services for patients from newborns to seniors.
Like many healthcare organizations, Lowell General Hospital is facing an increase in the number of devices that are accessing its wireless network, such as wireless EKG machines, heart monitors and other biotelemetry devices. Lowell General Hospital is also seeing a rise in the number of staff and physicians wanting to bring their own devices to access crucial enterprise applications.
To accommodate this demand while meeting HIPPA privacy and other security requirements, Lowell General Hospital realized it needed a new wireless LAN. After evaluating solutions from six vendors, Lowell General Hospital selected Aruba for its ability to handle an increasing number of wireless devices without sacrificing network performance. It also chose Aruba for its advanced security capabilities, including its built-in firewall, which allows the creation of rules and policies to filter people and devices as well as the ability to separate the guest network from the main hospital network.
Lowell General Hospital’s new Aruba WLAN will support a wide range of applications including the hospital’s Cerner electronic medical records (EMR) program, wireless clocks, wireless EKG carts, the hospital’s Citrix system, an Ascom phone system for voice over Wi-Fi nurse calls and an innovative patient identification program. This patient identification program provides nursing staff with hand-held mobile devices running the hospital’s EMR program to enable positive patient identification and help ensure the accurate administration of drugs and treatments.