Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:04

Australian hospital bedside systems enter the 21st century

Macquarie University Hospital is the first Australian customer for a bedside system that resembles modern in-flight entertainment services.

150 HiPath HiMed bedside units from Siemens Enterprise Communications Group (SEN Group) will be installed at Macquarie University Hospital, which is due to open by midyear.

The HiMed Cockpit allows patients to make phone calls, watch TV and movies, listen to the radio, surf the web and play games. It also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot providing Internet access for notebooks, smart phones and other devices.

The Cockpit incorporates hospital information services (eg, meal selection), lighting controls, and the nurse-call system.

That's how the patient sees it. But the Cockpit also acts as an access point for medical and nursing staff.

Smart card controlled access allows retrieval of medical images and diagnostic tests, and other information.

Why did the hospital choose HiPath? Please read on.

"We are in a wonderful position where we are starting from a clean sheet," Robert Glynn, CEO of Macquarie University Hospital.

"We are able to choose cutting-edge tools that would help deliver clinical excellence and assist in improving patients' overall hospital experience, while reaping the operating economies that technology brings. HiPath HiMed is a key element of this approach," he added.

Edgar Giesel, SEN Group general manager for Australia and New Zealand, said "Macquarie University Hospital is the hospital of the future, and a wonderful showcase for the role of HiPath HiMed in tomorrow's e-health enabled healthcare system."

"It assists the hospital in realising the goal of electronic medical records, which is an important part of the Federal Government's health reform agenda," he added.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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