Medical-grade network for Lifehouse

The new integrated cancer centre being built at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital will install a medical-grade network to allow clinicians to access patient information at any time through wireless-enabled and remote-ready applications and devices.

The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA – known as Lifehouse – is due to open in mid-2013 and has chosen ICT services and solutions provider Dimension Data to supply and maintain a Cisco medical-grade network and telephony.

The network will ensure uninterrupted access to clinical systems and data with network-wide security features such as identity authentication tools, firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDSs) and “self-healing” capabilities.

As well as wireless access for clinicians, a virtual local area network (VLAN) will be built to enable patients and visitors to gain secure network access. Voice, video and data will be converged on the system, allowing clinicians and admin staff to interact both on site and from remote locations.

Lifehouse, which will operate as a not-for-profit private hospital on the campus of the RPA, is a greenfield site and is being built as a fully digital hospital. The medical-grade network incorporates numerous partner solutions to provide clinicians with rapid access to patient information.

Earlier this year, Lifehouse CIO Anne-Marie Hadley chose Charm Health's new CHI platform as its electronic medical record provider.

CHI will also include a medications management module, a patient administration system and enterprise scheduling. The new system will be known as the Lifehouse Oncology Information Solution, or LOIS.

“Our vision is that it will be an integrated cancer centre supported by integrated electronic information,” Lifehouse CIO Anne-Marie Hadley said.

The existing Sydney Cancer Centre and all of its services will transition into the Lifehouse facility next year, with inpatient services expected to begin in 2015.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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