“Our philosophy is, the more mobile devices, the better,” said Tony Alphier, IT Director for The MED. “Increasing staff, physician and nurse mobility results in more efficient and better quality patient care, and increased accountability. Delivering that mobility requires a reliable wireless infrastructure that supports the increase in mobile devices and eliminates dropped connections. With Aruba, we have confidence that the infrastructure will support all of our current and future mobility needs.”Another key factor in The MED’s decision to choose Aruba over Cisco was the ability to eliminate the multiple SSIDs required with the Cisco solution for different end users to log onto the network, as well as Aruba’s profile-based security which allows The MED’s IT team to easily manage who has access to which network resources. This is especially critical given The MED sees an average of 500 guests accessing the network at any given time. Alphier added, “My goal is to give physicians, nurses, patients and family members an easy solution to connect to the network, whether it’s a doctor accessing our Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system or a visitor checking email while waiting for a family member in the ICU. Aruba made the process of configuring profiles for different levels of access simple and easy, so that we don’t confuse end users with 15 different SSIDs or flood our helpdesk with calls to get users connected.” From an IT management perspective, The MED also found that Aruba’s AirWave was easier to use and more powerful than their previous solution. Alphier noted, “With just two employees on our network IT team, anything that helps them do their job faster and more efficiently is going to ultimately result in better service for our doctors, nurses and staff and better care for patients.” Given The MED’s plan to add new buildings including the expansion of its radiology department, Alphier sees a continuation of the organization’s mobile strategy, adding more mobile carts and more wireless medical devices such as infusion pumps to the network. The MED also plans to roll out voice over IP handsets in the near future.
“The MED is a stellar example of a healthcare organization recognizing the productivity and efficiency benefits mobility can bring to its staff and therefore, the tremendous positive impact it can have on patient care,” said Gerry Festa, director, industry solutions marketing for Aruba. “More healthcare organizations are investing in mobility and, as a result, are relying on Aruba to provide the kind of reliable, always-available wireless infrastructure required for challenging environments like these.”About Aruba Networks, Inc. Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. © 2012 Aruba Networks, Inc. Aruba Networks’ trademarks include the design mark for AirWave, Aruba Networks ® , Aruba Wireless Networks ® , the registered Aruba the Mobile Edge Company logo, the registered AirWave logo, Aruba Mobility Management System ® , Mobile Edge Architecture ® , People Move. Networks Must Follow ® , RFProtect ® , Green Island ® . All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.