Macau Hospital to build IP network for future medical apps

Teresa Leung/Computerworld HK
07 May 2008

Cisco announced that Kiang Wu Hospital in Macau will deploy an IP network to enable a variety of apps in its new Dr. Henry Y.T. Fok Specialist Medical Center.

A non-governmental medical organization in Macau, Kiang Wu Hospital is a subsidiary of Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association, according to Cisco in a statement.

The deployment of the IP network and new apps is a result of the need to eliminate human error in delivering medical services and to ensure faster response to patients' needs, said Dr. Zhang Xuming, director of Kiang Wu Hospital.

The IP backbone to be deployed at the hospital comprises Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches, Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches with Power over Ethernet, Cisco 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controllers and Cisco Aironet 1130 Series Access Points, Cisco IP-based WiFi phones, as well as Cisco Unified Communications Manager Version 5.0 with Cisco Unified IP phones 7900 Series.

According to Zhang, the first phase of the project includes the implementation of an IP infrastructure and a nurse call system. When a patient makes a request for service, the nurse call system locates the nearest nurses and send messages to their Cisco WiFi phones, said a spokesperson from the project's system integrator Macroview.

While the new 14-storey medical center with around 160 beds and different specialist medical facilities is scheduled to open in October this year, the first phase of network implementation will start in the summer and complete by year-end, Cisco said.

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