RESTON, Virginia and BRNO, Czech Republic, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute (MMCI) provides complete diagnostics, treatment, and preventive care in
oncology for both Czech citizens and international patients. MMCI is
the only health care provider in the Czech Republic that is a member of
the OECI (Organisation of European Cancer Institutes).
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MMCI has implemented the Ekahau Real Time Location System (RTLS)
integrated with their Cisco Wireless LAN (WLAN) for optimizing patient
care and tracking assets across its two pavilions. The same Cisco WLAN
that supports RTLS for tracking patients and assets, such as infusion pumps, wheelchairs and defibrillators, is
also used to access patient records and care information at the patient
bedside. Unis Computers, a premiere partner of both Cisco and Ekahau,
implemented the system at MMCI.
The Ekahau RTLS system is deployed over a Cisco Medical Grade Network
(MGN) which allows hospital staff to not only access vital patient
information electronically but to view images, video and other medical
information anywhere within the footprint of the network. Patients are
issued Ekahau wearable tags that track them throughout the WLAN covered
premises, making it easy for caregivers to immediately locate them in
case of an emergency or in time for a procedure. The tags also have a
call button that the patient can press in case of an emergency. The
system alerts staff if patients try to wander into areas they are not
supposed to be in.
By tagging the mobile patient care equipment, MMCI has been able to
reduce equipment losses from theft and accidental misplacement and has
been able to increase the utilization of those devices resulting in
more efficient, safe and timely patient care. "We were the first
hospital in the Czech Republic to introduce a WLAN-based tracking
system," said Dr. Marek Svoboda, Deputy Director for Development,
Science and Training for MMCI. "This new technology enables us to for
example obtain laboratory results more quickly. The new system also
provides administrative relief: thanks to the RTLS system medical staff
now spend around 15 percent less time on administrative tasks," says
Petr Lacina, Director of the Technology Department at Unis Computers, is
also satisfied with the results of the collaboration. "We were able to
implement the installation of the WLAN-network within 3 months," says
Lacina. "We are particularly happy with the benefit for the patients
who are now able to stay in contact with family and friends via WLAN."
"We are glad to contribute, together with Cisco and Unis Computers, to
the efficiency and safety at MMCI. This project already has a very
positive reference effect in the Czech Republic and elsewhere," says
Dirk Lenz, Ekahau's Regional Director Central and Eastern Europe.
Earlier this year Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute was awarded the
"Most Innovative Mobility/Virtual Enterprise Project of the Year"
category at the Innovation Awards at Cisco Live 2011 in London. The
project aimed for improving the quality of medical care and cost
management through the use of wireless technologies and related
applications. This project was also supported by the European Union via
the "Integrated Operational Programme for Regional Development."
MMCI is the only health care provider in the Czech Republic carrying two
quality approvals: by the Joint Commission International and by the independent Czech Republic Joint Accreditation Commission (Spojená
akreditacní komise CR, SAK). For more information please visit: http://www.mou.cz
About Ekahau Inc.
Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS
solutions. Ekahau's customers, including several Fortune 500 companies
worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services
and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau's
solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world,
as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial companies,
government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless
software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM
partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications.
Ekahau is a U.S.-based corporation, with headquarters in Reston, Va.,
and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and
Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.
Information on Unis Computers can be found here: http://www.uniscomp.cz
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