First UK installation of Draeger Infinity shared network and ECG
27 March 2006
London, UK. Draeger Medical UK Limited has installed the first Infinity
OneNet shared network and Infinity MegaCare ECG management solution in the
UK at Southend Hospital, Essex.
The hospital required a complete networking system that utilised its
existing IT infrastructure, together with a single monitor platform that is
flexible enough to meet the various acuity levels within the different areas
of the hospital. The project was awarded to Draeger Medical UK to supply
monitoring, including the first Infinity OneNet solution, and the first
Infinity MegaCare solution in the UK.
Infinity OneNet lets hospitals run wired and wireless patient monitoring
systems on the hospital's existing network infrastructure. Traditionally,
patient monitoring has required its own separate, dedicated network in order
to guarantee security and performance. Infinity OneNet is an innovative
approach to implementing life-critical patient monitoring networks. It is
both a network architecture and a comprehensive suite of professional
services that allows the hospital's existing enterprise network to provide
patient monitoring in parallel with its commercial and administrative
applications — all on one industry-standard network.
“The traditional medical network approach really doesn’t lend itself to
the way IT works in today’s environment,” says Audi Lucas, Medical Networks
Manager of Dräger Medical. “There’ll be a set of specifications and
hospitals will have to configure their medical networks that way. It’s very
hard, not at all flexible and doesn’t work with wireless monitoring. What we
came up with was a way of customising the network for each individual
hospital. That’s a big change.”
Infinity MegaCare is a Web-based ECG management system that allows
Southend's care givers to review, edit, analyse, and confirm ECGs from any
computer on the hospital network. Because it is a true Web-based
application, it requires minimal hardware investment. A single Infinity
MegaCare server can support millions of records and up to 100 concurrent
users across multiple sites.