February 25, 2008 - MERU Networks said that Columbus, OH-based Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the 100th healthcare organization to implement Meru's wireless LAN solution.

Meru's infrastructure with its patented Air-Traffic-Control technology is designed to improved patient safety, quality of care, and enhanced mobility for clinician efficiency at the point of care and throughout the hospital campus. The technology is made to provide secure, consistent wireless connectivity to information systems, roaming, coverage, and network reliability and performance, including the ability to deliver and manage voice, data and multi-media applications on a converged network using any device.

According to a recent report from SpyGlass Consulting Group, 64 percent of nurses believe wireless infrastructures in healthcare organizations are not reliable enough to support point-of-care computing solutions, said MERU.

But Ann Farrell, BSN, RN, Principle of Farrell Associates, a San Francisco-based strategic healthcare consulting firm specializing in EMRs and wireless IT, believes that Meru has addressed these issues.

“Meru is solving big healthcare enterprise and clinician problems that arenot being well addressed by competitors,” Farrell said. “Healthcare organizations are relying more and more on their IT systems at the point of care, but most wireless infrastructures are unable to reliably handle the demands of highly mobile clinicians working with life critical data, often in hospitals designed decades ago. Current networks must scale dramatically to take advantage of EMRs and the avalanche of new, promising wireless solutions using bar-code, RFID, VoIP and video technologies.”

A group of HCOs including acute and sub-acute hospitals and clinics,ambulatory care facilities and nursing and intermediate care facilities have used Meru Networks Wireless LAN Solution to deliver a variety of applications including:

- EMR applications from McKesson, Epic, Meditech, Cerner, Siemens, Eclipsys, and Allscripts

- Voice applications for nurses and doctors based on devices from Vocera,Polycom/Spectralink, Cisco, Ascom, Nortel, and Avaya

For more information: www.merunetworks.com

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