Zebra Technologies’ wireless solutions help Reggio Emilia Hospital staff improve patient care and reduce costs

USL di Reggio Emilia, the Regional Health Service office for the Italian province of Reggio Emilia, has implemented Zebra Technologies wireless solutions throughout the hospital. The Wireless Network Solution (WNS) provided by Zebra has allowed staff to access patients' medical records securely and in real time via mobile computers, contributing to improved patient care with records available at all times. Zebra also provides employee and guest Wi-Fi access and enables hospital staff to make calls with Voice Over Wireless Local Area Network (VoWLAN), which has significantly reduced costs associated with calls at the hospital.

USL Reggio Emilia's legacy WLAN infrastructure was plagued by outages, bottlenecks and latency issues as it struggled to cope with the increasing number of high-bandwidth applications and users accessing networks with personal devices. As medical teams tried to access and download patient data via their mobile computers, poor wireless coverage resulted in inconsistent real-time availability of patient records including state, medication or special patient needs. Staff also faced challenges uploading information on medication taken, leading to frustrating delays that could seriously impact patient care. It also resulted in an increased workload for already overstretched medical personnel, who had to save critical patient data to the centralised server at the end of a shift. 

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