GE Healthcare, MobileAccess ink deal for joint wireless system

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GE Healthcare announced yesterday that it inked a big worldwide deal with MobileAccess Networks to create what will be called GE Enterprise Access designed to help hospitals adopt wireless services on a common infrastructure, the companies said.

GE Enterprise Access will leverage the MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network to provide wireless coverage throughout healthcare facilities and simultaneously deliver a broad range of wireless technologies, including cellular, Wi-Fi, paging, and public safety radio on one infrastructure. The two companies will collaborate in an ongoing fashion to deliver next-generation wireless offerings for hospitals including support for the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS).

As a result of this partnership, the companies hope to alleviate the need by hospitals to install parallel, standalone infrastructures to support their clinical workflows. Instead, hospitals can deploy a highly adaptive wireless solution that enables medical teams to deliver increased clinical and IT productivity through improved communication across the entire campus, the companies said.
    
"We are confident that this holistic wireless solution will provide a new level of clinical communication within the hospital while reducing our customer's investment and service costs," said David Ataide, VP and general manager, GE Healthcare Monitoring Solutions. "Communication and continuous coverage is the lifeblood of any hospital. By combining the MobileAccess Universal Wireless Network with GE's wireless-enabled solutions like the wireless Dash portable monitor and other mission-critical wireless applications, hospitals can feel confident that their investment in wireless technology ensures improved communication," Ataide added.

The MobileAccess Wire-it-Once technology enables hospitals to cost-effectively add wireless applications and services without disturbing hospital spaces or disrupting existing services.