Aruba Networks' MOVE wireless architecture allows Rutland Medical Center in Vermont to maintain awareness of patient conditions using biomedical devices.
Rutland Regional Medical Center
is using the
Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture from Aruba Networks to better
manage its wireless connectivity and support its health care IT applications.
188-bed Rutland health center is Vermont's second-largest hospital and is
located in the state's prime skiing area.
enables Rutland's use of Cerner electronic health record (EHR) applications and
allows the hospital to employ biometric devices to monitor patients' conditions
the growing trend toward using smartphones and tablets on WiFi networks,
hospitals are making a shift from a port-centric network to a mobility-centric
approach, according to Michael Catrini, director of information systems and
infrastructure for Rutland.
is among the many innovative health care organizations that have realized a
need to shift away from a port-centric model for mobility to achieve their
application performance requirements in an often challenging care
setting," Manish Rai, Aruba's head of industry solutions marketing, said
in a statement.
announced Rutland's deployment
of MOVE on Sept. 12.
switched from a Cisco WiFi network to Aruba's MOVE architecture due to a lack
of visibility of traffic on the Cisco network, radio interference and a lack of
network-management capabilities. In addition, the hospital wanted to reduce the
cost of ownership and operation.
MOVE technology provides more network transparency as doctors log in remotely,
the vendor reports.
the amount of mobile devices growing in the hospital, MOVE was a better fit for
Rutland, according to Aruba. The facility uses MOVE to manage large numbers of
smartphones and tablets, as well as Ascom and Honeywell communications and
location-tracking devices. Honeywell's Dolphin 9900 handheld device scans a
patient's wristband and matches it to barcodes on medication bottles. The
scanning adds patient safety and reduces manual entry, Catrini told eWEEK
also uses Aruba's AirWave
management and security software to measure where the high traffic areas are in
the hospital without having to go there using a laptop's own wireless spectrum,
you suddenly get a huge influx of people sitting in the ED [emergency
department] waiting room, that can really put a high stress load on that corner
of the wireless system," Catrini noted. "The AirWave management
software allows us to see that happening."
context-aware capabilities of MOVE and the AirWave software can make sure WiFi
traffic from smartphones and tablets doesn't conflict with the medical
Remote Access Point (RAP) allowed Rutland to save money over a dedicated leased
connection, Catrini said.
has turned to the MOVE architecture to monitor wireless biomedical equipment
more efficiently, Catrini explained. The hospital can install a wireless card
in the ventilator system so the respiratory therapist can be alerted faster
than if an alarm sounded, which would require a voice call, he said.
also allows biomedical gear to take priority over other traffic on the network,
according to Catrini.
can guarantee a higher level of patient safety and monitoring even if that bed
was rolled down the hallway and went through an area where there were 15
different people with smartphones surfing the Web," he said.
also decided to go with Aruba's wireless technology to allow it to connect its
network with small provider facilities of one or two physicians, Catrini said.
of the inhibiting factors before was the cost of bringing a one- or
two-physician office online," he explained. "To give them full access
to all the systems in our main facility really requires expensive dedicated T1s
and a lot of expensive equipment on either end of it."
RAP 5 architecture enables the hospital to save several thousand dollars on its
setup of a cable modem and RAPs with five network ports, according to Catrini.
Rutland is able to deploy a RAP 5 in about an hour, he said.
"Now we can do it for a thousand bucks, including the
computer, and maybe $50 to $60 a month for a business-class cable modem,"
Catrini said. "That's the whole suite."