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AT&T helps Newhall Memorial Hospital improve workflow

Posted: March 1, 2010 1:54 p.m.
Updated: March 1, 2010 5:00 p.m.
 
Today, AT&T and AeroScout, announced that Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital contracted with AT&T for the deployment of AeroScout's Wi-Fi RFID Asset Tracking and Temperature Monitoring solutions.

These solutions facilitate Henry Mayo's ongoing improvement of daily workflow, staff satisfaction and operational efficiency as well as reducing rental equipment costs and enhancing patient care and safety.

Henry Mayo is a 221-bed, not-for-profit community hospital and trauma center located in the heart of Santa Clarita Valley. Recently named a disaster resource center for Los Angeles County, Henry Mayo is responsible for providing medical equipment, medication and care to the entire community in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

To quickly locate and manage assets during an emergency and in day-to-day operations, the hospital's management team - representing biomedical engineering, facilities, central supply, transportation, security, IT and disaster planning resources - sought a Real Time Location System (RTLS).

After evaluating solutions from four vendors, Henry Mayo selected AT&T along with AeroScout to assist Henry Mayo in improving efficiencies and reducing costs. AT&T, Henry Mayo's primary telecommunications provider, recommended an asset tracking and management solution from AeroScout, a leading provider of unified asset visibility for the healthcare industry.

The solution is designed to help the hospital track the use of key assets such as beds, wheelchairs, gurneys, patient-controlled analgesia pumps and infusion pumps. The hospital now has the ability to optimize asset management and equipment utilization levels throughout all departments. Additionally, AeroScout's Temperature Monitoring solution is used to facilitate compliance with The Joint Commission regulations by ensuring refrigerator temperatures remain within the specified range for pharmaceuticals, tissue samples and other temperature-sensitive material.

"We chose to work with AT&T because of its ability to deliver solutions for all our telecommunications needs," said Cindy Peterson, Chief Information Officer at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. "In addition, AeroScout's robust set of solutions not only met our defined needs, but also supported many more potential uses. Another important factor was that AeroScout was able to leverage and complement our Cisco Unified Wireless Network, as this is the Wi-Fi network that we've made our standard."

Henry Mayo has already begun to realize hard cost savings from its Wi-Fi RFID deployment. For example, the hospital has reduced its rental equipment expenses. In one instance, the hospital's central supply department received a request to rent 10 infusion pumps. By checking in AeroScout's MobileView software and locating unused equipment in the hospital's ICU, no additional pumps were found to be necessary and the hospital saved on its rental costs.

AT&T and AeroScout will be showcasing all of their healthcare solutions in booths #6209 and #8055, respectively, at the HIMSS 2010 conference held in Atlanta, Georgia on March 1 - 3, 2010.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AeroScout
AeroScout is the market leader in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. Customers improve operational efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people. AeroScout's global customer base consists of leading hospital, manufacturing and logistics organizations, including many of the Fortune 500.

The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments and tags shipped. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, AeroScout has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America.

AeroScout is a registered trademark of AeroScout, Inc. Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Information is subject to change without notice.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands.

The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.

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