Lorien Health selects WLAN solutions from Aruba, dumping Aerohive

Aruba Mobile First Network for Lorien Health ServicesLorien Health Services, a Maryland-based healthcare organization, has tapped Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, to connect Lorien’s fourteen locations replacing its legacy wireless network.

Lorien has evaluated solutions from several technology vendors including Aerohive before selecting Aruba’s mobile first platform.

The Mobile First Network from Aruba will help the company fulfill its goal of leveraging the latest in healthcare technology to maximize its residents’ quality of life.

Lorien Health Services observed lack of performance and reliability from the old wireless networking products. Its existing wireless network could not receive web-based cloud access to handle many of the healthcare applications uses.

The unreliable Wi-Fi connectivity also negatively impacted Lorien’s nurse call system, dropping their connections frequently. The existing network did not support Lorien’s adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) since they couldn’t reliably connect new IoT devices and systems such as EKG monitors and HVAC systems.

The WLAN solution from Aruba is expected to ensure improvement in Wi-Fi speed, deliver 24/7 mobile access, and allow the organization’s IT staff to easily manage the network.

Lorien Health Services will be using approximately four hundred Aruba 802.11ac 300 Series 802.11ac Access Points, along with Aruba Mobility Controllers and AirWave Network Management to quadruple the speed of their Wi-Fi and improved density.

“With our new Aruba WLAN, we finally have a reliable, always-on network, so our staff’s time is spent helping patients and residents, not trying to get connected to the network. Our IT staff can also focus on other tasks now that they don’t have to spend time troubleshooting network issues,” said Michael Bowman, network engineer at Lorien Health Services.

Lorien is using mobile carts equipped with laptops to caregivers to access internal and external, cloud-based clinical applications including the EMR and EHR clinical applications. Caregivers can access Lorien’s CareTracker app to turn any iPad into a phone, allowing them to place calls between rooms, floors or even different Lorien facilities.

Lorien has expanded its IoT initiative, connecting security cameras, HVAC and thermostat systems for more automated usage, and wireless devices to monitor aspects of patient care such as EKG status and hygiene.

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