Palomar Health, California's largest health district, has selected multiple Cisco collaboration, network and data center solutions as the foundation for building one of the most technologically-advanced hospitals in the nation. The new 288-bed, 11-story Palomar Health Medical Center in western Escondido opened for patient care on August 19, 2012.
Palomar's experienced leadership team worked closely with Cisco during the designing of the new hospital, which broke ground in late 2007. The goal was to help health care providers offer new levels of mobility and collaboration among caregivers, patients and families in a unique, healing environment. This means important patient information can be shared faster and more efficiently with the right caregiver, no matter their location or mobile device. Patients also have more freedom to communicate, as they can stay connected to a guest WiFi network throughout the facility. Using this highly reliable, highly secure network allows Palomar to deploy multiple new patient and caregiver applications today, including alert management and EMR systems, and primes the hospital for any future technological developments.
Cisco's switching and routing solutions help enable Palomar to enhance the reliability and uptime of critical hospital services and applications. Applications include a next generation platform Palomar and Cisco designed from the ground up to provide physicians and caregivers highly secure, concurrent access to patient health information from a smart phone or tablet, and the ability to initiate real-time videoconferencing sessions from those devices to collaborate regarding care options with the care team.
The Cisco Wired and Wireless network also allows Palomar to provide full Internet access to patients, visitors and clinicians both inside and outside the hospital.
Cisco collaboration technologies, including Cisco Unified Communications and WebEx have been implemented across Palomar's new hospital facility to improve the organizational capability and capacity to communicate, while converging distinct networks (data, voice, and videoconferencing) for better performance and manageability.
The Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone system, which combines video and voice capabilities, enables greater collaboration among mobile caregivers and their patients. Physicians and nurses can more efficiently reach each other from anywhere across the hospital, be contacted by patients directly from the bedside, and receive signals from other peripheral systems – for example to receive notifications that a lab test is ready.
Palomar also implemented Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), which combines compute, networking, storage access and virtualization in a cohesive system. This allows the hospital to virtualize its server platforms, significantly reducing the number of servers needed across the organization as it expands. With this highly efficient, scalable data center solution, compute power is only used when an application requires it, increasing efficiencies and reducing IT costs.