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Healthcare Industry Sees Major Shift to Smarter Wi-Fi Technology as the Industry Looks to Go Paperless

Mon, 08/09/2010 - 8:19am
SUNNYVALE, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless™, announced that it has been selected by 15 new healthcare facilities, hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and abroad, signaling a major transition by the industry to adopt higher speed, advanced wireless technology that automatically adapts to radio frequency problems in real time.

The Company said it is seeing acceleration and widespread adoption of its "Smart Wi-Fi" systems and technology by medical centers around the world that are looking for a more reliable wireless infrastructure that is easier to deploy, provision and manage. Ultra-reliable, ubiquitous Wi-Fi is a critical requirement for optimizing adoption of and ROI for electronic medical records (EMR's), IP-based video applications for patient education and telemedicine and voice communications - all for higher quality, safer and efficient care delivery.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) system overcomes the limitations and complexities of conventional Wi-Fi systems and technology incapable of automatically adapting Wi-Fi transmissions in dynamic, noisy and highly mobile environments such as hospitals.

The broad implementation of Ruckus ZoneFlex systems in healthcare enterprises demonstrates increasing demand for more reliable wireless networks that provide solid, wide-area coverage to support a range of devices, services and applications that are key to higher quality patient care delivery and increased patient and staff satisfaction.

The combination of 802.11n Wi-Fi with Ruckus' patented dynamic beamforming technology, found in Ruckus ZoneFlex systems, provides a more stable wireless infrastructure able to support hospitals' increasing use of electronic medical records, while also enabling enhanced individualized communications with patients, and faster communication and sharing of patient data among hospital staff.

With a robust, Ruckus-powered wireless networking infrastructure, hospital staff can provide patients with a much more efficient, satisfying experience. At the same time, medical staff - doctors, nurses and administrative employees - can leverage the Wi-Fi network to share the most up-to-date information in real time, including prescriptions, lab tests and results, x-rays and other types of radiology images, and other patient information.

With its unique ability to constantly monitor the air and steer Wi-Fi signals around interference in real time, the Ruckus ZoneFlex WLAN system delivers unmatched performance, scalability and reliability at a fraction of the cost of competing systems, and is suitable for hospitals' use of wireless-enabled voice handsets, video and radiology images, advanced billing systems and video-surveillance, among other applications. The performance and cost benefits of the Ruckus solution make it ideal for healthcare facilities focused on reducing costs, improving efficiencies and delivering the best patient experience.

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