Telindus | Healthcare
CHANGE THINGS YOUR WAY
Telindus is one of the few players who can offer end-to-end solutions, Healthcare Challenges
With so many customers to satisfy (staff, patients, visitors etc.), healthcare trusts and organisations
leveraging business value through the delivery and support of complex
are increasingly having to think of new ways to improve the customer experience whilst working
mission critical infrastructures and systems.
within a pressured financial environment.
With over 37 years experience in ICT, Telindus has an enviable track record
of longstanding partnerships with leading equipment suppliers to offer a Trusts have a duty of care to ensure patients, staff and assets are protected. A safe and secure
safe route for healthcare trusts looking to deploy long-lasting ICT solutions. environment is fundamental to maintaining a hospital’s good reputation. With this is mind, any
technological initiative should aim to achieve the overall objective of improving patient care, saving
Healthcare Professionals’ (HCP) time through enhanced efficiencies, and intelligent utilisation of
In line with the NHS Modernisation Agency aims, these changes can mean:
• Millions of patients’ experiences would be improved
• Hundreds of thousands of clinician hours, hospital beds and appointments could be saved
• A contribution to the reduction in waiting times
• Clinical qualities and outcomes could be tangibly improved
• It would be easier to attract and retain staff.
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Healthcare and ICT
Utilising a common wireless infrastructure to deliver multiple Increased flexibility Anywhere working
services and applications, Telindus can help to increase the Communication is vitally important within Traditionally, trusts have relied heavily upon
healthcare. The need to get the right paper-based systems which have proved time
efficiency and productivity of staff, as well as improving the information to the right people at the consuming and leave room for error.
right time, and accurately, is essential and
safety and care of both staff and patients. expected. For example, handwritten notes can be
misinterpreted and physical notes lost.
Run across a wireless network, single In addition, retrieving and filing such systems
Just some of the ways this can be achieved are: communication devices can bring a multitude can take staff away from the bedside for
of benefits to staff. For example, a HCP could extended periods.
use a PDA to gain access to records and
information, record voice notes, order tests, With the introduction of a wireless infrastructure
make calls and have the added benefit of a it is possible for staff to perform certain duties
camera. It is estimated that the ability to do all from the bedside.
of this from a single mobile device could result
in an efficiency increase of up to 30%.
An increase of 5% alone would equate to
around 12 additional working days.
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Healthcare and ICT
Voice over Dispensation Bed and Theatre Patient Staff and Patient The Patient
Wireless Management Management Tagging Safety Experience
Voice communications can be delivered on A wireless network allows data to be The management of beds and surgery Patient tagging provides the ability to The safety of staff and patients must In addition to enhancing hospital capabilities,
the same single infrastructure, removing the transferred instantly, to and from remote schedules are an important issue which manage the location of vulnerable patients, be constantly maintained in the fluid a wireless network can also be used to
requirement for a separate DECT and paging devices, allowing hospitals to seamlessly health trusts battle to keep on top of every especially mobile patients within longer term environment of a hospital. generate revenue streams with patients and
system whilst reducing costs and associated manage the dispensation of drugs. day. And when it goes wrong, it tends to make care that require monitoring for their, and visitors purchasing wireless access.
support needs. the headlines. others, safety such as the elderly or High levels of movement by staff, patients
Doctors can create and authorise prescriptions mentally ill patients. Also, it provides and visiting public means it is hard to manage This would be delivered as a separate network
These can include a number of systems from at the bedside whilst a note is automatically Problems can often be attributed to the protection for babies – ensuring they are the security of a hospital campus. Protection over a single infrastructure in order to
handset phones (the same as DECT phones), placed onto the patient records authorising the manual processes used in order to keep not removed from their wards. of staff from personal attacks in high-risk guarantee the security and integrity of the
or softphones on PDAs, to voice activated pharmacy and nursing staff to dispense the records and schedules up to date. The use areas (i.e. pharmacy, remote locations or late core hospital network.
communicators. drugs. This enhances the efficiency of delivery, of wireless applications however, offers the Tracked as they move around, the location of at night etc.) must be considered. Employees
management and, most importantly, reduces opportunity to update a patient’s records patients can be monitored centrally or by staff can be provided with a number of devices for With the introduction of IPTV, the hospital can
Voice activated communicators are worn as the potential for error. (Typically 11% of instantaneously during rounds. This can via PDAs. Tags are worn as wristbands and protection dependent on their function – from offer better entertainment including TV and
lapel badges. These intuitive devices deliver all hospital errors are caused by the wrong drugs then be used to improve theatre scheduling. their locations updated every few seconds. a simple panic alarm through to a phone with ‘video on-demand’ services. In addition to pure
the functions of a traditional phone system but being dispensed.) If an attempt is made to leave a permitted panic button – which can alert security as to entertainment, the system can be used to
are hands free, with the ability to contact, for In addition, patients can be tagged and area, an alarm is raised alerting staff. their location. deliver welcome communications such as a
example, registrars in a certain location or to photographed upon arrival to the ward and video guide to the hospital to aid orientation.
provide details of their current location. entered into the operating schedule. Recently, in one of the UK’s Alzheimer wards, In addition, wireless networks allow the Also, access to the internet, and intranet
Pre-operative checks can then be recorded 250 tags were deployed with the aim of delivery of adaptable security systems such as portals, are available whereby patients can
via a theatre management application over a improving quality of life for patients through networked digital surveillance. This means perform tasks such as viewing and making
PDA. Once complete, the patient is ready for reduced lockdowns and increased flexibility. that surveillance can be deployed in all areas menu choices, for example.
surgery and the information is readily available Patients on the ward experienced greater of the hospital campus easily and quickly
allowing the operating team to know the freedom whilst their location was known at without extensive refurbishment or disruption The IPTV system is capable of delivering
moment a patient is ready and enabling them all times. The system also achieved a payback to buildings or car parks. digital signage which can be used in areas
to reschedule if another patient is held up. in under 10 months through reduced staffing such as waiting rooms to communicate
levels required to monitor the location of By adding CCTV to the network, images can messages and/or carry advertising, generating
On arrival at surgery, the patient’s tag patients. be viewed wherever there is a network an extra revenue stream.
identifies them and recalls their notes, presence. This allows for a more flexible
reducing the concern of Wrong Side Surgery system as guards can be located anywhere
(WSS), which has led to over 300 claims in and still monitor the premises.
13 years costing over £5 billion in litigation
expense. The network is able to carry a range of traffic
making CCTV more responsive. For example,
help points could be placed at nurses’ stations
and within ‘at risk’ areas such as AE for the
safety of both staff and patients. Parking issues
can also be reduced, ensuring that vehicle
access is kept clear, car parks are monitored
and a good incident management system can
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The royal Hospitals – Doing more with less
The Royal Hospitals in Belfast is Northern Ireland’s largest and best known hospital complex,
treating more than half a million people every year.
They had recognised the benefits of wireless technology, but its existing network was proving
increasingly difficult to manage. The hospital identified the need for a stable, reliable and secure
wireless solution for its material management system. Most materials in a hospital have a limited
shelf life and so it was essential to manage stock properly and cost efficiently. Ease of use through
centralised management, and the option to extend the system, were among the key criteria for the
The Royal Hospitals therefore decided they needed a new network to support its material
management and turned to Telindus to design and implement the best solution for its needs.
Telindus proposed a Secure Mobility Solution based on Trapeze Networks equipment. This allows
the customer to easily and securely manage the material system centrally and efficiently.
To further increase efficiency and productivity for its 6,800 staff, the Royal Hospitals piloted a
‘bed head’ prescription service whereby doctors post prescriptions to the system via tablet PCs.
This dramatically reduces administration time from three hours down to one, allowing the hospital
to discharge patients and free beds more efficiently. With an average of 100,000 outpatients per year
this could equate to an additional 2,000 available hospital beds based on the average patient stay of “We chose to work with Telindus because it has an excellent track-record in
three days. implementing best-of-breed technology solutions. The Trapeze Ringmaster
software is ideal for our needs as it allows centralised management of the system
The Royal Hospitals is also trialling the use of PDAs to give staff greater mobility so they can at the touch of a button. Since the wireless network has been installed, we have
access information and applications from the hospital network from anywhere within a ward. been able to make considerable cost savings through improved efficiency in the
The information is secure and access rights for users are extended from the existing wired material ordering system; and the design of the wireless network itself means that
infrastructure policies. Wi-Fi tags allow staff to locate people, drug carts and essential medical it has been easy to manage. On top of that, people have commended me on the
equipment in a fast and efficient manner. They also include an alert button for staff and patients, reliability of the network.”
which tracks them on a map so that help can quickly be despatched to their specific location. Christy Donnelly, Network Manager at The Royal Hospitals.
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Our Customers and Partners
Telindus has established a strong background awards
in designing and implementing technology
solutions tailored to meet the needs of our Telindus have been recognised throughout
customers, who include: the industry and have received a number of
awards. Recent accolades include:
• The royal Hospitals, Belfast
• British Medical association WBI awards 2006 – Best Enterprise
• City of Westminster
• leeds City Council CNeT awards 2006 – Public Sector Technology
Project of the Year
• Buckinghamshire County Council
• New College Durham Techworld Network awards 2006 – Project of
the Year (Public Sector)
CIB awards 2006 – Best Wireless Project and
With over 37 years experience, Telindus has built up In order to offer best of breed technologies, Outstanding Achievement Awards
Telindus also benefits from its independence,
a strong customer base throughout the UK and and enjoys good working relationships with CIB awards 2005 – Best LAN Project, Best
58 partners worldwide. This affords us the Wireless Project and Communication News
internationally. flexibility and impartiality needed to find the Editor Awards
right solution for your organisation.
IP Security awards 2005 – IP Innovation of the
Year and Best IP Application
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