The push for conversion from paper-based records to EMR is a major trend in the healthcare field, and wireless LAN systems are an important component of the EMR adoption process. Wireless LANs give doctors and nurses real-time access to medical information directly at the patient bedside or anywhere in the hospital without the need to be tethered to a specific location to use a computer. The result is maximized resource use, and expedited, better informed, and more accurate care decisions that enhance patient outcomes. Palo Pinto General Hospital is well along in its EMR compliance process, and the Extricom deployment will allow it to move to HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6, just short of full compliance, for the entire facility.
The Extricom solution was chosen after a detailed comparison of major wireless vendors. “We looked at Cisco, Aruba, 3Com, Trapeze, which have cell-based architecture, and Extricom, which uses Channel Blanket™ architecture”
“The deployment at Palo Pinto General Hospital is an important benchmark for Extricom as we look to expand our presence in the healthcare market.” said Honoré Labourdette, Extricom’s VP of Sales North America. “We see it as a showcase for how an Extricom solution can provide healthcare enterprises with the kind of highly reliable, future proof network infrastructure needed to ensure that EMR adoption programs achieve maximum value.”
What makes the Channel Blanket architecture well suited for the healthcare environment is that it is designed with mobility as a baseline value. An Extricom system utilizes multiple Access Points operating on the same channel to create widespread, contiguous blankets of coverage; and a central Extricom switch that coordinates AP transmissions to ensure that there is no co-channel interference. The result is simpler deployments, resilient wireless coverage and uninterrupted mobility with no handoffs between APs as wireless clients move around. Layering of multiple channel blankets enables service flexibility to support a mix of applications with different QoS requirements, all critical criteria for wireless infrastructure that supports healthcare IT operations.
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