Wireless Technology

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The unwiring of healthcare continues. And vendors are there every step of the way. At HIMSS, healthcare and IT professionals can take in everything from the latest wireless network technology, which boasts increased security, bandwidth and flexibility to the latest tools that allow healthcare institutions to maximize their investment in wireless network - either by increasing workflow or enhancing patient care. Here's a sample of what's in store in Dallas.

Bluesocket, Inc. (booth #1207) is showcasing its family of Wireless Gateways.

Bluesocket's Wireless Gateways offer centralized enterprise class Wi-Fi control and security, including encryption (PPTP, IPsec) and network management features such as role-based access control, bandwidth throttling, authorization/ authentication; Secure MobilityT (lets users roam securely across subnets without need to re-authenticate). The single component solution needs no client software and is truly interoperable, supporting all flavors of 802.11, as well as extending and integrating legacy networking equipment (such as Cisco) with wireless infrastructure.

Hewlett-Packard (booth #4436) is highlighting its portfolio of healthcare solutions at HIMSS.

The company is demonstrating how the integration of HP solutions, technologies, IT services and partnerships helps healthcare organizations gain greater access to and manage medical information to improve the quality of care. This includes demonstrations of forms automation, mobility, RFID, HP's StorageWorks products, business critical servers and ePrescribing solutions.

IBM Health Care, Life Sciences (booth #4613) and Pharma is demonstrating IBM WebSphere Business Integration for Middleware Solution.

WebSphere enables transmission of data that can help enhance patient care and safety and reduce medical errors, especially in the area of adverse drug events. The IBM WebSphere Business Integration for Healthcare Collaborative Network (WBI for HCN) is an interconnected, electronic health information network infrastructure that supports fast and secure healthcare data collaboration across multiple stakeholders and applications. The software helps reduce reporting burdens and technical integration costs and supports the process to improve the quality of care delivered to patients. This can result in reduced medical errors and improved response time to health events by moving from a paper-based system to a shared information exchange.

HCN integrates key clinical data from disparate applications allowing open standards-based exchange, simplifying/automating adverse event detection and enabling faster and easier aggregation and analysis of information for quality of care management. The outsourced data exchange hub allows participants to easily exchange information in a standards-based manner, thereby lowering operational costs while improving visibility and flexibility.

Meru Networks (booth #48) is showcasing the Meru WLAN system. Meru WLAN is built from the ground up to deliver the reliability, scalability and security for voice and data services over a single WLAN infrastructure. The Meru WLAN System features Meru's Air Traffic Control technology, which provides predictable bandwidth and over-the-air, application-specific QoS to support bandwidth-intensive, real-time applications of healthcare environments such as multi-megabyte video files and voice over IP.

preciss, llc. (booth #7256) is highlighting PAL (Personal Assisted Languages), a wireless, mobile, video conferencing service that connects hospital personnel in real-time to an on-demand video interpreter for virtually every language spoken. By utilizing an advanced and medically approved wireless system in the hospital, each PAL unit can be moved freely to any patient's bedside for an immediate interpretation. Each PAL unit has a 17-inch flat video screen and camera that can access an interpreter with a push of a button, connecting medical personnel to a video operator who will direct the video call to the appropriate language. The system can reduce hospital costs by upwards of 20 percent for interpretative services, improve the patient experience by removing the wait time for the interpreter, improve the efficiency of the hospital by having an on-demand system that helps them increase the patient load, turning over more beds and increasing hospital revenue and provide a greater coverage of languages, the company said.

QRS Diagnostic (booth #1303) is showing its SpirOxCard,