A critical enabling technology for EMR applications will be the wireless LAN
Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) May 25, 2010
Aerohive Networks, creators of the award-winning cooperative control wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, announced today that LaVie Administrative Services, a provider of outsourced IT solutions to over one hundred long-term and post-acute care customers throughout the U.S., is in the process of deploying 1,200 Aerohive HiveAPs to help implement its Electronic Medical Record (EMR) initiative. Full deployment is expected by late 2010 or early 2011.
The EMR is expected to enable improved patient care and cost efficiencies through making accurate and complete patient information accessible to care givers, and through reducing duplication of information capture/documentation. “A critical enabling technology for EMR applications will be the wireless LAN,” says Marc Kane, Vice President of Technology for LaVie Administrative Services.
To lay the foundation for EMR, LaVie Administrative Services began the search for a wireless LAN (WLAN) solution in 2007. “Planning for the EMR has been a multi-year effort”, says Deborah Green, LAS Chief Information Officer. “Because the right wireless solution would displace other costs, such as third-party guest wireless and incremental LAN cabling costs, the business case for early adoption of wireless was made. WLANs make sense as a foundational step in any health care company’s EMR roadmap.”
To assure coverage of all patient care areas in skilled care and rehab centers, Kane estimated a need for about 1,200 wireless access points (APs). This was an average of nine per facility with more or less required based on several physical plant variables. Centralized management and high reliability were essential in product selection, as there are rarely technicians at individual facilities to manage the WLANs. The solution also had to provide granular security to protect the flow of sensitive patient data. Finally, in an industry with perennially tight profit margins, the chosen wireless solution had to be cost effective.
In its research, LaVie was dissatisfied with the controller-based architecture offered by many of the WLAN suppliers. “It was cumbersome and expensive,” says Kane, “if a controller were to go down, all of the APs would go down, unless I put in redundant controllers. This would mean redundant controllers at every facility, which would be far from cost effective.”
LaVie then evaluated Aerohive’s WLAN solution, powered by its Cooperative Control Architecture. Aerohive’s cooperative control access points (HiveAPs) require no network controllers or overlay networks. Rather, software in the HiveAPs enables them to self organize into groups called Hives. The result is enterprise-class network management and security without the cost, performance, and availability issues associated with controller deployments. “Once we looked at the HiveAPs, the other products couldn’t compete against Aerohive,” recalls Kane.
LaVie has implemented four pilot applications on the WLAN to date:
- The first uses a wall-mounted kiosk and a wireless USB connection located in corridors of patient care areas. This enables certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to incorporate electronic charting into the flow of patient care.
- Another application allows staff to administer medications, and electronically document from a mobile cart.
- A third application allows therapy staff to document treatments and response from a wireless tablet, wherever that therapy is delivered.
- The fourth application offers secure wireless guest access to the Internet from mobile devices. Users are securely walled off from business and clinical applications and also from other guest users.
Security was of particular importance to Kane, “Even if an unauthorized individual were to gain access to the network, all they would see is the Internet,” says Kane. “That’s a feature that isn’t offered out of the box on a lot of other solutions. Aerohive also enables use of a customer-provided click-through user waiver to reduce liability of guest wireless use.” All applications are secured through firewalls built into the HiveAPs.
To read the full LaVie Administrative Services, please visit http://www.aerohive.com/resources/casestudy/LaVie.html.
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About Aerohive Networks
Aerohive unleashes the potential of enterprise Wi-Fi, enabling customers to stop buying copper, to move applications to the air, and to maximize workforce productivity. The company's award-winning cooperative architecture eliminates costly controllers, saving money and providing unprecedented resiliency, up to 10X better application performance, and an opportunity to start small and expand without limitations. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The company's investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Northern Light Venture Capital. For more information, please visit http://www.aerohive.com or call 408-988-9918.