Povisa Hospital, Spain’s largest private hospital, has begun providing medical staff with faster and easier access to clinical information on patients through a network upgrade from Nortel.
The network, which was deployed by Nortel’s partner Tecnocontrol, meets Povisa’s objectives to continually apply new technologies to improve patient care within the hospital and its various outlying clinics and emergency facilities.
The new network supports a range of innovative healthcare applications and allows information to be efficiently stored, managed, retrieved or shared in ways that reduce patient waiting and consultation times.
For example, the integration of the hospital’s current IT systems with a new picture archiving and communication system (PACS) assists clinicians with diagnoses and remote consultations, while improving management and operational efficiency. Digital medical images are also easily and quickly retrievable helping to reduce errors and administrative costs.
Furthermore, wireless coverage supported by the new Nortel network gives Povisa’s doctors, nurses and other employees access to clinical applications and information whenever and wherever it is required.
The Nortel solution has transformed the way we communicate at the hospital and has had a positive impact on the efficiency of our patient care, said Juan Brea, IT director of Povisa. Always-on communications, regardless of device or location, allows us to be more responsive and interactive, which is key when treating patients.
The solutions are part of Nortel’s clinical grade healthcare offering and include a high next-generation stackable Ethernet Layer 3 Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 5000 series, Nortel VPN Routers, IPsec and SSL VPN, and Enterprise Policy Manager to manage LAN network bandwidth, prioritize traffic streams, and set network access policies.