WLAN improves aged care residents’ lives
The Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution is deploying WLAN infrastructure to its 22 aged care villages.
The Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) is in the process of deploying Meru Networks’ Meru WLAN infrastructure to its 22 aged care villages located throughout New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The full deployment – expected to be rolled out to all 22 facilities by the end of 2013 – will be centrally managed by a four-member IT team using Meru’s E(z)RF Network Manager solution.
Using the MobileFLEX architecture, the RFBI will be able to unify a number of new and innovative healthcare applications via Wi-Fi. These include an electronic health record system that is accessed via mobile devices at residents’ bedsides, and a medication management system that also relies on the Wi-Fi and is designed to save time and reduce the risk of errors. RFBI has also introduced iPads for residents to use for communicating with friends and family.
Future plans call for deployment of a real-time location system, which will be integrated into the Wi-Fi enabled nurse call system so that residents can call for assistance from anywhere within the facility.