Meru Survey of Healthcare Leaders Shows While Wi-Fi Adoption Increases, Technology Integration Is in Early Stages

Meru Survey of Healthcare Leaders Shows While Wi-Fi Adoption Increases, 
Technology Integration Is in Early Stages 
Application Performance, Capacity and Security Are Still Concerns 
NEW ORLEANS, LA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/04/13 --   HIMSS 2013
Conference -- Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in
virtualized wireless LAN solutions, today released the results from a
February, 2013 survey of healthcare IT leaders on their Wi-Fi uses
and needs. The survey, conducted annually, revealed three significant
patterns.  
Wi-Fi Enabled Medical Device Adoption Lags Other Uses of Wi-Fi in
Hospital
 While 85 percent of hospitals use computers on wheels
(CoW/WoW) and 73 percent allow patients and visitors to access Wi-Fi,
only 43 percent of hospitals are using Life-Critical technologies
such as smart pumps or telemetry on Wi-Fi. This low adoption of
Life-Critical technology is especially interesting given that 77
percent have some major concern with their WLAN infrastructure.  
Of those with concerns, 55 percent say that they regard performance,
capacity or guaranteeing performance for critical applications, while
for 29 percent the major concern is security. More than a third of
the 100 respondents are constraining their use of Wi-Fi due to
limitations in reliability and performance. 57 percent of those
running life-critical applications deploy a separate network to run
those applications.  
Mobile Computing Adoption is Primarily Focused on EMR/EHR
 Despite
only 40 percent of hospitals claiming Wi-Fi deployment across 100
percent of their campuses, they continue to deploy additional mobile
healthcare devices to clinicians. Eighty-five percent currently have
CoW/WoW and 56 percent of the respondents indicated that more than a
quarter of the work currently being done on CoW/WoW would shift to
smartphones and tablets within three years.  
Seventy-nine percent of respondents indicated that they allow
clinicians to bring their own mobile devices (BYOD) into hospitals
and use them while on the job. Eighty five percent responded that
Wi-Fi is important for "Meaningul Use." With the focus on "Meaningful
Use," it is not surprising that 49 percent of respondents support
EMR/CPOE on tablets or smartphones.  
Technology Integration is Still in Early Stages 
 Only seven percent
of hospitals have integrated alarms with mobility devices used by
clinicians and 37 percent of respondents are using Wi-Fi for nurse
call systems. Integration of such technologies can assist hospitals
in responding quickly to patient's needs.  
"The results of this survey align closely with what we heard from
hospital CIOs while developing Meru's UCN," said Kamal Anand, senior
vice president and general manager of healthcare business unit at
Meru. "Meru is intently focused on collaborating closely with
life-critical medical device vendors and mission-critical solution
vendors to foster much-needed integration required for modern
healthcare delivery." 
For a copy of a presentation outlining the results of all of the
survey results, visit the Meru web site here: http://bit.ly/12hw9XQ 
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. 
Press Contact:
Wilson Craig
Parallax Public Relations for Meru Networks
+1 408 516 6182
wilson@parallaxpr.com 
 
 
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