GE deal with MobileAccess to ease development of wireless networks

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GE Healthcare announced this week the availability of Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) on its Enterprise Access system. WMTS allows for the wireless remote monitoring of a patient’s vital signs by practitioners.

The new addition to the system was developed by MobileAccess Networks, and should enable hospitals to operate GE’s ApexPro CH wireless telemetry patient monitoring directly over Enterprise Access. With ApexPro CH wireless telemetry integrated into the Enterprise Access solution, hospitals will have the opportunity to deploy telemetry on the same infrastructure as their other wireless services and applications, the companies said.
To do this, the technology will utilize radio frequencies set aside and protected from mobile phone and other uses. The frequencies were set aside by the FCC some five years ago.
“Today, wireless is more than just a communications and information sharing tool, it’s also an increasingly important part of quality care and the overall patient experience,” said David Ataide, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare’s Monitoring Solutions business.

The system enables “hospital personnel to review patients’ medical records on a wireless laptop as they move throughout a facility, or allowing physicians to view real-time patient data on a PDA or Tablet PC no matter where they are” said Ataide, adding that “GE’s Enterprise Access provides hospitals with a unified approach to wireless communication and productive workflow.” 

In hospitals, communication is fundamental to decision making. With Enterprise Access, hospitals no longer need to install parallel, standalone infrastructures to support their clinical workflows.

In addition to this new telemetry capability, Enterprise Access enables the full range of other wireless services that hospitals use, including 802.11 a/b/g with encryption, Voice over IP, two-way radio, cellular, Wi-Fi, paging, public safety radio, PCS calls and fire/safety communications, GE said.