Siemens Enterprise Communications Group to Provide Multi-million Pound Secure LAN for Barts and The London NHS Trust Hospitals
Information at Point of Patient Contact for World-famous Hospitals’ New Buildings, Based on Integrated New Hardware and Software
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom — Jul 9, 2009
Siemens Enterprise Communications Group has won a four year multi-million pound framework contract to provide Barts and The London NHS Trust with an integrated Enterasys fixed and wireless LAN and security infrastructure. The first phase in a three stage communications programme, the new infrastructure – due for completion in 2010 – will provide a single network able to handle all optical images, video streaming and traffic from multiple wireless devices and PCs for 300 beds at Barts hospital.
Siemens’ work is part of the wider £1 billion building of the new hospitals at Barts (St Bartholomew’s) Smithfield and The Royal London’s Whitechapel sites by Skanska Innisfree, due for final completion in 2016. The two new hospitals will provide state-of-the-art care facilities covering 1,200 beds, boosting the Trust’s capabilities across its three hospitals.¹ The Trust already has a world-wide reputation for excellence, Barts in cancer and cardiac care and The Royal London in acute services.
The first phase Enterasys fixed and wireless LAN hardware and software infrastructure, will support 24/7 clinical and corporate IT services. The platform will enable delivery and uploading of critical information at the point of care, whether using diagnostic equipment used wirelessly at the patient’s bedside or through devices plugged into the trust’s main IT network. These capabilities will give clinical and support staff far greater operational flexibility than existing cable-based IT systems. The integrated LAN will also enable information to be captured and added to patients’ records digitally, without the use of paper notes or separate manual data entry.
In addition, the new communications network will enable improved inter-departmental information sharing, reduced operational costs, and streamlined patient administration. The new Siemens LAN also paves the way for future improvements such as tagging of supplies and equipment for asset management.
As a prime contractor to the trust, Siemens Enterprise Communications and its Enterasys Networks division will work with Netconnection Systems to design and implement the new IT architecture as well as advising on future system innovations that will support and enhance patient care over the next few years.
After a full tendering process, Barts and The London’s NHS Trust’s IT directorate selected Siemens because of the tender’s competitive costing, the company’s strong track record in public sector communications infrastructure delivery and the operational strengths of its Enterasys network infrastructure product range.
Doug Howe, Deputy Director, ICT, Barts and The London NHS Trust, said “Siemens will provide a secure and flexible LAN communications infrastructure with the required secure 24/7 information access and ‘five nines’ system reliability. The company has a good R&D track record and experience and is therefore a strong partner to help us develop a road map for technology adoption as the new hospital building work progresses which will support our standards of clinical excellence.”
He said: “It’s an exciting time because we are building on the Trust hospitals’ world-wide reputation for clinical excellence with secure IT and communications which will provide us with wide scope for future innovations.”
Andy Clark, head of public sector, Siemens Enterprise Communications, said: “We’re delighted to be delivering an integrated voice and data network for an acknowledged world leader in medicine whose two new hospitals will be purpose-built to maintain 21st century standards of clinical excellence. It’s a signature project for us, but particularly exciting because it prepares the platform for the trust to build in and gain the long term benefits from unified communications. These will include potential innovations in real time diagnosis, mobile working and streamlined operations.”
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About St Barts and Royal London Hospital Trust
Barts and The London is one of Britain’s top teaching hospital trusts. Our mission is literally to bring excellence to life – to give patients the best possible care so that they can live better, fuller, longer lives.
Our world-renowned hospitals – St Bartholomew’s (Barts) in the City, The Royal London in Whitechapel and The London Chest in Bethnal Green – have made and continue to make an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. Read more about our full portfolio of services at www.bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk
Our £1 billion new hospitals programme is set to transform healthcare facilities locally. When completed the new hospital at The Royal London will be the biggest new hospital in the country, while the new buildings at Barts will house a brand-new cancer hospital and cardiac centre.
About Enterasys Networks
Enterasys is the network infrastructure and security division of Siemens Enterprise Communications Group, a Gores Group company. Enterasys® network switching, routing and security solutions are used by thousands of customers in more than 70 countries worldwide to deliver business-oriented, identity-based visibility and control for voice, video, and data applications. The company’s open-architecture solutions enable easy to deploy role-based access controls and prioritization for wired and wireless environments with integrated management and security that deliver investment protection, operational efficiency, and significantly reduced total cost of ownership. The Enterasys culture is centered on the principle "There is nothing more important than our customers" with industry-leading technical support. More information about Enterasys hardware, software, services and training is available at www.enterasys.com
About Siemens Enterprise Communications Group (SEN Group)
The SEN Group is a premier provider of enterprise communications solutions. More than 14,000 employees in 80 countries carry on the tradition of voice and data excellence started more than 160 years ago with Werner von Siemens and the invention of the pointer telegraph. Today the company leads the market with its "Open Communications" approach that enables teams working within any IT infrastructure to improve productivity through a unified collaboration experience. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, The SEN Group includes Siemens Enterprise Communications, Cycos and Enterasys Networks. In fiscal 2008, The SEN Group generated revenues of approximately 3.21 billion Euros.
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