Meru's 'Uninterrupted Care Network'(TM) Brings Innovative Multi-Layered Solution to Healthcare Wi-Fi

Meru's 'Uninterrupted Care Network'(TM) Brings Innovative Multi-Layered 
Solution to Healthcare Wi-Fi 
UCN Designed to Align Hospitals' Networks and Devices With Efforts
for Improving Patient Safety, Clinician Productivity and Patient
Satisfaction 
NEW ORLEANS, LA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/04/13 --   HIMSS 2013
Conference -- Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in
virtualized wireless LAN solutions, today announced the Meru
'Uninterrupted Care Network'(TM) (UCN), a new solution that enables
hospitals to offer wireless support for a range of "Life-Critical,"
"Mission-Critical" and "Consumer-Critical" devices and applications
utilizing a single wireless network. UCN assists hospitals' efforts
to improve patient safety, clinician productivity, and patient
satisfaction. It also helps hospitals meet requirements associated
with Meaningful Use and address the stress placed on networks and IT
departments by BYOD. UCN can be deployed as an overlay to existing
wireless and wired networks and is designed to lower the costs and
complexity of supporting "Life-critical" devices and applications
such as Wi-Fi-enabled telemetry. 
"Our Point of Care Computing for Nursing 2012 Healthcare Study shows
significant trends on how hospital nurses are using mobile solutions
at point of care to streamline productivity, enhance patient safety
and reduce the risk of medical errors," said Gregg Malkary, founder
and managing director of the Spyglass Consulting Group. "However,
nurses often struggle with the quality and reliability of the
wireless network. Meru's Uninterrupted Care Network is designed to
allow hospital IT to provide a more reliable and scalable wireless
network within their facilities to support an increasing number of
wireless users, devices and applications required at point of care." 
The Meru 'Uninterrupted Care Network'
 Meru is able to create
separate Wi-Fi channel layers. This allows hospitals to offer the
benefits of mobility for Wi-Fi enabled "Life Critical" devices such
as telemetry, and to help ensure reliable connectivity for those
devices on their own dedicated wireless channel layers. As a result,
patient monitoring is not interrupted if a nurse forgets to connect
an Ethernet cable or if an Ethernet cable is inadvertently
disconnected.  
Three Layers of UCN 


 
--  Life Critical: One set of wireless channels can be dedicated for life
    critical applications and devices like smart infusion pumps and Wi-Fi
    enabled telemetry devices and for carrying wireless traffic only
    associated with these applications. Centralized monitoring conducted
    by Wi-Fi enabled devices is not only designed to improve clinician
    productivity, but may also help hospital in improving patient safety.
    
    
--  Mission Critical: A second channel layer can be dedicated for "Mission
    Critical" applications and devices to provide reliable connectivity
    and QoS for mobile enterprise applications such as EMR, VoIP, Citirix
    based CPOE and barcode medicine administration. This is designed to
    improve clinician productivity and increase patient satisfaction
    (HCAHPS).
    
    
--  Consumer Critical: UCN can also provide a "Consumer-Critical" layer,
    to enable patients to connect with friends and family using the
    Internet. Such family interaction has been shown to positively impact
    patient mood and treatment outcome, thus further improving patient
    satisfaction scores.

  
Meru's UCN is built on top of Meru's Wireless Virtualization technology
which is designed to enable constant connectivity, reliability and
seamless mobility for mobile devices and applications like nurse
call, voice communications and mobile carts even in harsh hospital RF
environments. With Meru's AirTime Fairness, each device gets access
according to its need, thereby delivering predictable application
performance. 
Medical device vendors have gone to great lengths to equip their
devices with the best radio transmission and receiver technology.
Even so, the limitations of traditional microcell based Wi-Fi
networks, combined with "Life-Critical" nature of such devices, have
made it extremely difficult for healthcare facilities to leverage
their investment in such Wi-Fi medical devices. Due to these
limitations, Wi-Fi medical devices are often connected using
Ethernet, which can decrease clinicians' productivity. 
"Meaningful Use" requirements are leading to greater adoption of
technologies such as CPOE, barcode medication administration, VoIP
and nurse-call communications. On the other hand "Value Based
Purchasing" criterion include patient satisfaction scores (HCAHPS),
which rely on technologies such as Unified Communications. Such
mission critical technologies are used by highly mobile teams of
clinicians, for whom a lack of pervasive and reliable Wi-Fi
connectivity can significantly reduce productivity.  
Personal devices such as tablets, smartphones and gaming systems
brought into the hospital by patients' families and friends are also
of increasing importance to patient care and satisfaction. Happy,
relaxed patients are often able to heal faster and generally have
better experiences in medical facilities, lowering costs for
providers and raising HCAHPS scores. These "Consumer-Critical" uses
of the Wi-Fi network, which range from simple texting to streaming HD
video from services like Netflix and Hulu and the use of
videoconferencing applications like Facetime, were carefully
considered in the development of UCN. 
UCN Networked Services  
Meru Identity Manager 
 Using Meru's Identity Manager (IDM),
hospitals can greatly simplify secure guest access and device
provisioning on wireless networks, reducing IT workload and
delivering a high-quality end-user experience. With IDM, clinicians
can self-provision their tablets (BYOD) daily, with the tablets
disconnecting themselves from the network when the doctors leave for
home to provide patient data security.  
Meru Service Assurance Manager 
 Using this software, you can
proactively maintain high service levels for wireless applications
without the need for overlay sensors. Service Assurance Manager
automatically performs predictive health checks and can report issues
often before end users are impacted. UCN's Service Assurance
capability can proactively notify administrators about latency
problems as well as issues in the end-to-end network connectivity or
detect Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi interference from devices such as
microwave ovens that may impact the quality and reliability of the
Wi-Fi network.  
"Hospitals want to leverage Wi-Fi in improving patient safety,
clinicians' productivity, and patient satisfaction," said Kamal
Anand, senior vice president and general manager of the healthcare
business unit at Meru. "With Meru's channel layering technology,
hospitals are able to provide consistent and reliable connectivity
for such improvement initiatives."  
Visit Meru at booth #1654 at HIMSS 2013 in New Orleans, March 4-6,
2013.  
To read more about Meru in healthcare, visit the Meru web site for
the following materials:  


 
--  The Meru 2013 Healthcare IT WLAN Survey: http://bit.ly/12hw9XQ
--  The Uninterrupted Care Network (Solutions Brief): http://bit.ly/Z3o41i
--  Meru Healthcare Overview: http://bit.ly/13uhlnZ

  
About Meru Networks
 Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) designs, develops,
and distributes virtualized wireless LAN solutions that provide
enterprises with the performance, reliability, predictability and
operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of
mobility. Meru Networks eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel,
client-controlled architectures with its innovative, single-channel,
virtualized network architecture that easily handles device density
and diversity. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major
vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education,
hospitality, healthcare and retail supply chain. Founded in 2002,
Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North
America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Visit
www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information. 
This news release contains forward-looking statements about Meru
Networks expectations, hopes, plans, intentions, or strategies,
including, but not limited to statements regarding: the ability for
hospitals to improve patient safety, clinician productivity and
patient satisfaction by using Meru's wireless solutions; the ability
to help hospitals meet requirements associated with Meaningful Use;
the ability to lower the costs and complexity of supporting wireless
devices and applications such as Wi-Fi enabled telemetry; the ability
for hospital information technology groups to provide a more reliable
and scalable wireless network to support an increasing number of
wireless users, devices and applications; the company's ability to
enable hospitals the ability to offer the benefits of mobility for
Wi-Fi enabled "Life Critical" devices; the ability to deliver
constant connectivity, reliability and seamless mobility for mobile
devices and applications; the ability to perform predictive health
checks and report issues before end users are impacted; the ability
to improve quality of care and patient safety and increase staff
productivity by maximizing the value from connected medical devices
and applications; and the ability to deliver consistent, reliable
connectivity in high density environments and to limit interference.
These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as
well as assumptions, which, if they do not fully materialize or prove
incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks
and uncertainties include those described in Meru Networks' documents
filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
All forward-looking statements in this news release are based on
information available to Meru Networks as of the date hereof. Meru
Networks assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking
statements. 
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Press Contact:
Wilson Craig
Parallax Public Relations for Meru Networks
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wilson@parallaxpr.com 
 
 
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