Jersey City Medical Center, located in New Jersey, US, has selected Meru Networks’ 802.11ac Meru Uninterrupted Care Network to support extensive use of workstations on wheels (WoWs) and a BYOD programme that enables each staff member to use as many as four mobile devices.

The hospital deploys laptops with Citrix XenDesktop for access to patient care applications. The doctors and nurses at the hospital often carry two phones, a laptop and a tablet, all of which run over the Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi network.

The medical centre, which is located in the middle of a major metropolitan area, is surrounded by Wi-Fi interference. Currently, the 802.11ac wireless network covers the main hospital plus eight additional facilities.

The 802.11ac Wi-Fi enables the centre’s IT department to move electronic medical records, patient monitoring and other critical traffic to the 5GHz band in order to protect it and ensure high performance.

Jersey City Medical Center chief information officer Stephen Li said that Meru’s wireless solution has become a key critical component to the infrastructure to successfully deploy and support the mobile work styles of today’s users and their devices.

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"Wireless is no longer a convenience but a necessity for 24/7 access to critical resources. No other vendor offers the seamless roaming and wired-like experience that Meru can offer," Li added.

The hospital continues to grow, and the expansion is set to include a total of 15 sites by the end of this year.

In addition to patients and visitors, the staff encompasses more than 3,000 healthcare specialists, administration and consultants.

In spite of the high density of mobile devices, the medical centre is able to prove the reliability of the Meru Uninterrupted Care network with Meru Network’s E(z)RF Network Manager, a centralised network management software application.

"Wireless is no longer a convenience but a necessity for 24/7 access to critical resources."

Bakke Solutions, a Meru authorised partner, designed and deployed the network.

Meru’s UCN enables separate Wi-Fi channel layers to be created, allowing hospitals to offer the benefits of mobility for Wi-Fi enabled ‘Life Critical’ devices such as telemetry, and to help ensure reliable connectivity for those devices on their own dedicated wireless channel layers.

Meru business units vice president and general manager Sarosh Vesuna said that Jersey City Medical Center is proving that technology leadership is necessary for providing exceptional patient care.

"802.11ac Meru Uninterrupted Care Networks are an ideal solution for healthcare organisations that require business continuity under any circumstances," Vesuna added.

"They can rely on our wireless solution and offer it as an incentive to recruit a highly talented staff to ensure consistent, superior healthcare."

Image: Jersey City Medical Center. Photo courtesy of Jim.henderson.