Multi-Year Agreement Allows UHC Member Hospitals to Quickly Deploy
Wi-Fi-based Location Tracking and Build Foundation for Future
RESTON, Virginia, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Ekahau Inc., a leading provider of
Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that after a
competitive bid process it was awarded a multi-year agreement with University
HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) to provide the Ekahau Real Time Location System
(RTLS) solution to UHC member hospitals.
This three-year agreement, with options to extend, positions Ekahau as
the preferred provider of RTLS solutions to UHC's 294 member hospitals
throughout the United States. Many of these institutions have Wi-Fi in place
today making Ekahau's WI-Fi-based RTLS solution a logical choice for a
cost-effective, quick deployment. Ekahau also has mutual certifications with
all leading Wi-Fi infrastructure providers, further endorsing the benefits of
Ekahau's location tracking solution to UHC and its member hospitals.
RTLS systems have become a mainstream technology in hospitals across the
U.S. for tracking assets, inventory and patients and knowing the whereabouts
of key staff members. Knowing the real-time whereabouts of these key assets
has become mission critical to healthcare institutions, helping them reduce
costs, improve workflow and increase the quality and timeliness of patient
"UHC is excited about entering into a new agreement with Ekahau because
we believe they are one of the best RTLS system providers for our member
hospitals," said Cindy White, UHC's vice president of operations. "We wanted a
system that can cater to the unique tracking needs of each of our member
hospitals and yet be simple and cost-effective to deploy."
Ekahau RTLS is a unique tracking system because it can locate objects
using a hospital's existing Wi-Fi network, regardless of vendor or generation
of the infrastructure. The Ekahau system is the only Wi-Fi-based system on the
market that is capable of providing room-level accuracy using Wi-Fi without
deploying proprietary chokepoints or readers, which can cause interference
with medical equipment. Since Wi-Fi is typically deployed hospitalwide, Ekahau
RTLS can extend location visibility across the entire campus or several
campuses without any additional costs.
"We are very honored that UHC selected Ekahau as its RTLS partner of
choice and to have the opportunity to serve the organization's member
hospitals. The program we have put into place with UHC will allow UHC members
to easily procure and roll out RTLS solutions to meet immediate needs and to
have a platform for future growth and expandability as new requirements are
put forth," said Tuomo Rutanen, Ekahau's vice president of business
development. "During challenging economic times, like those we're experiencing
today, RTLS systems can help businesses of all types save money. By leveraging
existing Wi-Fi networks, Ekahau RTLS allows hospitals to better utilize their
existing assets, resulting in lower capital spending, while driving
significant operational efficiencies that reduce expenses and support improved
patient care and safety initiatives."
Ekahau holds more than a dozen patents on its core location algorithms
and processes that allow for the full modeling and analysis of RF data from
the Wi-Fi network. Ekahau also offers the broadest set of Wi-Fi tags available
to meet user- or application-specific needs. This powerful combination of
software and hardware has been selected by thousands of customers worldwide to
solve everyday business and operational problems.
The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), formed in 1984, is an
alliance of 103 academic medical centers and 191 of their affiliated hospitals
representing approximately 90 percent of the nation's nonprofit academic
medical centers. UHC offers its members specific programs and services to
improve clinical, operational, and patient safety performance. The mission of
UHC is to advance knowledge, foster collaboration, and promote change to help
members succeed in their respective markets. For more information, visit
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 150 hospitals around the world, as well as by
manufacturers, mining/oil/gas 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 offices in
Saratoga, Calif.; Reston, Va.; Helsinki, Finland; and Hong Kong, China. For
more information about Ekahau, please visit at http://www.ekahau.com.
(c) Copyright 2009, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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