Ruckus Wireless Offers Free Webinar on "Healthier Wi-Fi for Hospitals"

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"Smart Wi-Fi" Provider Teams with Satilla Regional Medical Center to Discuss Advances in 802.11n Technologies that Enable EHR, IP-based Video and other Mission-critical Healthcare Applications over Wi-Fi

Hospitals everywhere are challenged with how to deploy reliable, consistent Wi-Fi networks to support all the new high-powered handheld devices and medical applications coming to market - particularly in the unfriendly RF environments typical of medical centers, where the presence of lab and other medical equipment pose interference issues throughout the building, said Satilla's Rudd.

Ruckus Wireless™ announced today that it will host a free webinar titled "Healthier Wi-Fi for Hospitals," in which company officials will join representatives of Atlanta's Satilla Regional Medical Center to discuss how advances in 802.11n technologies are paving the way for the use of mission-critical healthcare applications over Wi-Fi.

The webinar is being held in conjunction with The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and takes place at 11:00 a.m. PST / 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.

Barry Rudd, director of IT, along with Terry Ammons, network administrator, and Tommy Freeman, network engineer for Satilla Regional Medical will lead the discussion. They will provide attendees an overview of how the hospital, with several satellite nursing home facilities and rehabilitative centers, is deploying "smart Wi-Fi" equipment from Ruckus Wireless to enable electronic health records (EHR), IP-based video, nurse call systems, patient monitoring and IP-based voice, among other things.

GT Hill, director of technical marketing for Ruckus Wireless, along with Joe Bardwell, president and CTO of Connect802, will detail the recent developments and breakthroughs that are transforming Wi-Fi into a reliable medium, including 802.11n, interference mitigation, dynamic beam-forming, adaptive meshing and multicast video. They will also offer best practices tips for how healthcare centers and facilities can tap into next-generation Wi-Fi systems and technology to support the growing demand for mobilized applications throughout hospital campuses.

"Hospitals everywhere are challenged with how to deploy reliable, consistent Wi-Fi networks to support all the new high-powered handheld devices and medical applications coming to market - particularly in the unfriendly RF environments typical of medical centers, where the presence of lab and other medical equipment pose interference issues throughout the building, said Satilla's Rudd. "We aim to share information that will be useful to the entire industry about the technological break-throughs that can enable this shift - and that won't break a hospital's IT budget. That's what we found in Ruckus Wireless - reliable, far-reaching coverage at a fraction of the cost of other solutions."

"Wi-Fi is no longer a considered a technology of convenience but has become an absolute must in the healthcare industry," said GT Hill of Ruckus. "With the entire industry shifting to Electronic Medical Records and other online applications, reliable Wi-Fi is critical. Hospital IT staff grappling with the issue of deploying high-performance, affordable Wi-Fi can find many answers to their most pressing questions in the webinar."

Anyone interested in attending the webinar can register at http://www.himss.org/asp/ContentRedirector.asp?ContentId=72917&cetID=0. The webinar qualifies for 1.2 continuing education contact hours toward recertification of the CPHIMS credential.

About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ruckus Wireless is supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile Internetworking market. The company markets and manufactures a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products for mobile operators, broadband service providers and corporate enterprises around the world. Ranked as the top telecom company in the 2009 Inc. Magazine 500 list and named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, Ruckus Wireless has realized dramatic growth. Since 2006, revenue and shipments have grown by over 1000 percent. Ruckus invented, and has patented, innovative state-of-the-art wireless technology that steers signals around obstacles and interference. This unique capability extends signal range and ensures consistent reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. The company has shipped over 2 million Smart Wi-Fi systems around the world and has raised $51 million in funding from premier investors such as Sequoia Capital, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill, Motorola, T-Ventures, Telus Ventures and Firelake Capital. The company is led by Ms. Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer. For more information, visit Ruckus Wireless at http://www.ruckuswireless.com.

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