Good Health Wanganui has installed ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) to provide greater bandwidth and ”future-proof” its network.
The network, connecting around 250 PCs, is used for admissions, discharges, transfers, emergency and mental health; recording and reporting on lab results, and a radiology system for patient bookings and film tracking. The CHE is also adding a pharmacy system to manage and record details on the dispensing of medicine.
Before installing the ATM from New-bridge, Good Health’s network was labouring under bandwidth problems says IS manager Grant Dittmer.
“We were putting multiple network cards into our servers so we could deliver enough bandwidth but this meant we could only implement 10Mbit/s segments here and there, and loading on those segments was getting out of control.”
With the new network, the hospital now has enough segmented 10Mbit/s ports to be able to break the network down, he says.
“We can now use one network card in the servers, removing the limitation on the amount of information that could be delivered to the network.
“In addition staff have noticed a dramatic increase in the speed of the network which, in a hospital environment, can be crucial.”
Dittmer says that although the hospital does not yet have any applications that demand ATM to the desktop, it is only a few years away.
“Within a few years we’ll be using teleradiology, where we’ll need to deliver large images to workstations quickly. We’re also looking at connecting directly with GPs in the community and the advantages of video conferencing.”