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Date:9/28/2010

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Clarian Health and Ekahau Partner for Enterprisewide Real Time Location Solution

 
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RESTON, Virginia, September 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --

- Initial 10,000-Tag Deployment Focused on Tracking and Managing Assets over Systemwide Cisco Wi-Fi Infrastructure

- Expansion of Program to Include Temperature Management, Workflow and Safety Improvement for Staff and Patients

Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) ( http://www.ekahau.com/products/real-time-location-system/overview.html), announced today that Clarian Health (http://www.clarian.org/), Indiana's most comprehensive academic medical center consisting of more than a dozen hospitals throughout the state, is deploying Ekahau RTLS systemwide for asset tracking. The initial 10,000-tag deployment, scheduled to take place in November, will target the health care system's three downtown Indianapolis hospitals - Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children - and is expected to expand systemwide to include applications such as improved patient workflow, staff safety and temperature management.

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Clarian's decision to deploy Ekahau RTLS for location tracking applications demonstrates the healthcare system's ongoing commitment to use leading-edge information technology to improve patient care and safety, achieve greater operational efficiencies and reduce overall costs.

"At Clarian Health, we use leading-edge technologies to help us improve patient care, increase efficiency and ensure the safety of everyone at our facilities, and we continually seek innovations to support these goals," said Christen M. Mann, director of purchasing and contract services for Clarian's Supply Chain Operations division. "Through our partnership with Ekahau, we believe we have found a cost-effective, system wide, real-time location tracking solution that will allow us to leverage our existing Cisco Wi-Fi network for a wide variety of applications."

The Ekahau RTLS will enable Clarian clinicians to instantly locate all tagged clinical assets so they can spend less time searching for equipment and more time providing care at patients' bedsides. Clarian also will have the ability to deploy Ekahau's software-based RTLS system without the disruption associated with installing additional proprietary sensors. In addition, the Ekahau RTLS can be up-and-running in a matter of weeks, rather than months or years it could take with other solutions.

The Ekahau RTLS system, which consists of the Ekahau Positioning Engine and Vision software coupled with a complete line of Wi-Fi tags and sensors, works with any generation or brand of Wi-Fi network, which was important to Clarian, since each hospital within its state wide system has varying generations and types of Cisco Wi-Fi equipment. Additionally, the Ekahau RTLS intuitive user interface enables Clarian to manage and track assets and processes across all facilities from a single location.

"Ekahau is honored to have been selected as an enterprise solution partner for Clarian Health, and to assist it in getting a greater return on investment for their wireless infrastructure," said Tuomo Rutanen, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development for Ekahau. "Based on our initial financial assessments, it's clear that the cost savings and efficiency improvements from even just a few Clarian Health facilities will quickly pay for its systemwide RTLS implementation."

For the past nine years, Clarian Health has been named one of the nation's "Most Wired Hospitals," according to the results of the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released by Hospital & Health Networks magazine. Hospitals earn this prestigious designation through the inventive use of wireless and Internet technologies to advance quality care, public health and safety, customer service and business processes.

About Clarian Health

Clarian Health is a preeminent leader in health care, education, research and service. Clarian Health is Indiana's most comprehensive academic medical center and one of the busiest health systems in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, Clarian is comprised of multiple hospitals and health centers throughout Indiana and maintains a strong partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine-one of the nation's largest medical schools and a global leader in medical education and research. Learn more at http://www.clarian.org

About Ekahau Inc.

Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS solutions. Ekahau's customers, including several Fortune 500 companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau's solutions are being used in more than 150 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturers, mining/oil/gas companies, government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S. based corporation, with offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Reston, Va.; Helsinki, Finland; and Hong Kong, China. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.

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