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DIGITAL HEALTHCARE: THE REMEDY FOR BETTER PATIENT CARE
The German health system is under enormous pressure. For it to stand firm, it must break new ground. Feeling this pressure is Starnberg District Hospital with its Starnberg Clinic and Penzberg Clinic locations. These two facilities have more than 900 employees, approximately 400 beds and care for nearly 24,000 inpatients while achieving operating margins of between 6%-10%. Not many municipal clinics can achieve this. With a new voice-data infrastructure from Avaya, the hospital has also laid the foundations for the digitization of its processes. This pays off in two ways: an increase in the quality of care and a decrease in IT operating costs.
Making Rounds with a Smartphone
- Pressure to modernize antiquated voice/data network
- Need for doctors to be accessible in all areas of the hospital facility
- Ability to seamlessly communicate between clinic locations
- Need to ensure network security to protect patient information and records
- Doctors and staff are accessible at any time via smart phone over the hospital’s WLAN
- Treatment processes are accelerated, while costs are reduced
- Innovative telemedicine applications with seamless communication
“In addition, the new, high-performance infrastructure, with a bandwidth of multiple ten gigabit connections in the backbone, Power-over-Ethernet Plus in the branch offices / upper floors and an integrated quality of service functionality provides the necessary features to build a nearly seamless wireless communications network,” explains Walter Mayer from implementation partner CMS IT-Consulting. In conjunction with approximately 200 smartphones and 60 wireless telephones, this forms the basis for a smooth and highly efficient operation. It was vitally important to provide comprehensive coverage throughout the entire hospital campus, including the elevator shafts which had to be covered from above via external antennas. This means that employees can now communicate in the elevator via WLAN.
About Starnberg Clinic
Starnberg Clinic and Penzberg Clinic are standard care municipal hospitals with 400 beds. In the departments of internal medicine, surgery and orthopedics, hand surgery, gynecology/obstetrics, pediatrics/neonatology, urology and anesthesia currently around 125 doctors and 430 nurses take care of approximately 24,000 inpatients and almost as many outpatients annually. As teaching hospitals of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the clinics are significantly involved in the professional training of doctors and therapists.