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Southeast Alabama Medical Center Deploys Ekahau's Wireless Temperature Management Solution
Date:10/7/2009

RESTON, Virginia, October 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ekahau Inc., the performance leader in Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC), a 370-bed regional hospital in Dothan, Ala., is upgrading its Ekahau RTLS to include campuswide monitoring of its refrigerators and freezers. SAMC's deployment of Ekahau's Wireless Temperature Monitoring and Management capabilities offers proof of how technologically advanced healthcare providers are leveraging their existing Wi-Fi network investments to support other mission-critical applications.

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The accurate and real-time monitoring of hospital freezers and refrigerators has recently gained a lot of attention industrywide. Perishable items stored in hospitals include food, medicine, organs, blood and tissue samples, which not only have significant monetary value, but an impact on patient care. The management of these perishable items is vital to maintaining patient safety and compliance with Joint Commission regulations.

SAMC deployed Ekahau RTLS campuswide earlier in the year to track critical clinical assets, such as infusion pumps and patient monitors over its Cisco Unified Wireless network. From this initial asset tag deployment, SAMC expects to grow the RTLS system to track several thousand assets and is looking to take advantage of Ekahau's RTLS solution capabilities in other areas as well.

"We were in the market for a temperature monitoring and management solution because our procedures for managing our medicine and tissue refrigeration units were still built around manual processes," said Scott Lapham, senior network engineer at SAMC. "We ran the Ekahau system through a series of tests and found it to perform very reliably and without any problems. Any significant te
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