Saber Healthcare Group Deploys Aerohive Networks to Provide an Edge in Patient Care
Sunnyvale, Calif. —September 6, 2011 — Aerohive Networks, the pioneer in controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled networking,today announced that Saber Healthcare Group has deployed an all Aerohive Wi-Fi solution replacing an existing Wi-Fi infrastructure that became outdated. The guiding principle behind Saber’s requirements was its desire to remain on the cutting edge of healthcare. Therefore the network must support healthcare-centric initiatives such as electronic medical records (EMR) and using wireless kiosks located around their buildings for electronic retrieval and submission of clinical information.
Saber Healthcare Grouphas been on a steady growth path due to a series of skilled healthcare facilities acquisitions that have earned it an accumulated 40 years of healthcare experience. With 50 facilities and counting across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Saber is committed to providing quality care to the people of its community. Holding true to its motto, “Caring for Life,” Saber strives to provide thoughtful, quality care to the many individuals and families that come through the doors of its facilities, and it depends on leading-edge technology in this effort.
Saber began investigating WLAN vendors because its existing 3Com Unified Switch solution, which had been deployed in a few of its buildings, had become obsolete. Saber also considered Cisco, Aruba and HP, but none of them met its requirements for a distributed solution, intelligent APs and centralized management capabilities.
Saber has thus far successfully deployed five locations and will eventually deploy more than 500 access points, with an average of about ten to eleven access points per facility. Given the large number of sites, and distributed environment, Aerohive’s solution is proving cost-effective because Saber doesn’t need to deploy redundant controllers at every site.
Saber is utilizing PointClickCare, a web-based EMR/EHR application that streamlines and connects clinical, billing, and administration processes to maximize reimbursements, enhance quality of care, improve operational efficiencies and increase staff productivity. Saber will leverage PointClickCare along with wireless devices and its Aerohive Wi-Fi network for electronic bedside retrieval and submission of clinical information.
Saber is using Aerohive’s HiveManager Network Management System (NMS) on a VMware appliance to manage its highly distributed wireless network. Aerohive’s solution is easy to manage and provides better visibility into the network.
- To read the full Saber Healthcare Group case study, please visit http://www.aerohive.com/resources/saber-heathcare-group
“We are pushing out applications that will allow us to provide the best care to residents,” says Curtis McEwen, Saber Healthcare Group’s Director of IT. “We needed a wireless infrastructure that would reliably support these technologies.”
McEwen also likes Aerohive’s HiveManager NMS. “Using Aerohive’s HiveManager NMS to manage everything from one central location and push out configurations to all APs is extremely efficient and it saves us money on travel. We are a small IT department with three employees and 50 locations, so being able to streamline things and run as smoothly as we do, has been a significant help,” concluded McEwen.
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