Konica Minolta Australia extends commitment to healthcare innovation by sponsoring Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s Bytes4Health competition

Konica Minolta Logo Konica Minolta Australia has partnered with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) to support its Bytes4Health Program. The program offers health tech startups the unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations to leading healthcare and medical research experts. By working directly with these experts, selected companies will develop their innovations with clinical end user input and scientific validation thereby distinguishing themselves from many competitors and increasing the value of their companies.

As a Bytes4Health Foundation Partner, Konica Minolta will sit on the selection panel that reviews the program applicants and decides the finalists. Konica Minolta has also contributed $25,000 towards the program and will also provide business mentoring to finalists, nurturing the development of new healthcare technology in Australia.

Vickie Edwards, Business Development Manager, Healthcare and Innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “Bytes4Health is an exciting program that speaks to Konica Minolta’s core values regarding creating new value for society. Konica Minolta is delighted to be involved and sees this as an important way to bridge the gap between those developing technology products and services for the healthcare industry, and their end users. Konica Minolta is committed to driving healthcare innovation and this partnership is an important way to demonstrate that.”

The program selection panel includes commercial, clinical, technical, and industry professionals, including a representative from Konica Minolta. The panel will choose up to 10 finalists, two of whom will have the chance to co-locate to MCRI for four months. During this time, chosen finalists will develop their technologies alongside leading Australian healthcare experts. Successful companies will each receive $25,000 in funding plus research and clinical expertise to inform further development of their technology.

Vickie Edwards said, “This program provides an outstanding opportunity for organisations to take their products or services to the next level, and to strengthen their professional networks in the healthcare industry. It’s an honour for Konica Minolta to help facilitate this initiative, and we look forward to seeing the results.”

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market leading provider of integrated solutions and managed services with the power to transform business environments. Konica Minolta works with organisations large and small to provide integrated print and content management solutions and services to improve productivity, reduce costs, increase security and achieve sustainability outcomes. Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation and operation.

Headquartered in Sydney, Konica Minolta Australia delivers expert professional services with experienced and responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices and authorised dealers. For more information: www.konicaminolta.com.au.

Meru survey of healthcare leaders shows while Wi-Fi adoption increases, technology integration is in early stages

March 5, 2013 – Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in virtualised wireless LAN solutions, has released the results from a February 2013 survey of healthcare IT leaders on their Wi-Fi uses and needs. The survey, conducted annually, revealed three significant patterns.

Wi-Fi enabled medical device adoption lags other uses of Wi-Fi in hospital
While 85 per cent of hospitals use computers on wheels (CoW/WoW) and 73 per cent allow patients and visitors to access Wi-Fi, only 43 per cent of hospitals are using Life-Critical technologies such as smart pumps or telemetry on Wi-Fi. This low adoption of Life-Critical technology is especially interesting given that 77 per cent have some major concern with their WLAN infrastructure.

Of those with concerns, 55 per cent say that they regard performance, capacity or guaranteeing performance for critical applications, while for 29 per cent the major concern is security. More than a third of respondents are constraining their use of Wi-Fi due to limitations in reliability and performance. Fifty-seven per cent of those running life-critical applications deploy a separate network to run those applications.

Mobile computing adoption is primarily focused on EMR/EHR
Despite only 40 per cent of hospitals claiming Wi-Fi deployment across 100 per cent of their campuses, they continue to deploy additional mobile healthcare devices to clinicians. Eighty-five per cent currently have CoW/WoW and 56 per cent of the respondents indicated that more than a quarter of the work currently being done on CoW/WoW would shift to smartphones and tablets within three years.

Seventy-nine per cent of respondents indicated that they allow clinicians to bring their own mobile devices (BYOD) into hospitals and use them while on the job. Eighty five per cent responded that Wi-Fi is important for “Meaningful Use.” With the focus on “Meaningful Use”, it is not surprising that 49 per cent of respondents support EMR/CPOE on tablets or smartphones.

Technology integration is still in early stages
Only seven per cent of hospitals have integrated alarms with mobility devices used by clinicians and 37 per cent of respondents are using Wi-Fi for nurse call systems. Integration of such technologies can assist hospitals in responding quickly to patient’s needs.

“The results of this survey align closely with what we heard from hospital CIOs while developing Meru’s UCN,” said Kamal Anand, senior vice president and general manager of the healthcare business unit at Meru. “Meru is intently focused on collaborating closely with life-critical medical device vendors and mission-critical solution vendors to foster much-needed integration required for modern healthcare delivery.”

About Meru Networks

Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) designs, develops, and distributes virtualised wireless LAN solutions that provide enterprises with the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility. Meru Networks eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel, client-controlled architectures with its innovative, single-channel, virtualised network architecture that easily handles device density and diversity. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education, hospitality, healthcare and retail supply chain. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300.

Polycom meets high demands of healthcare industry with new KIRK 70-Series DECT handsets

Specialised features support hygiene and personal safety needs

KIRK 7000Sydney, July 1, 2010 – Polycom has released two new wireless handsets in the KIRK 70-Handset Series, which have been designed to meet the specific demands of the healthcare industry. The new KIRK 7020 and 7040 handsets join the 7010 model which was released in May.

The KIRK 70 series of DECT handsets combine hygiene requirements with enhanced responsiveness and personal safety in environments where mobility and communication are vital.

Targeted specifically at the healthcare sector, the safety features of the KIRK 7020 and 7040 handsets are designed to increase efficiency and better patient care. These new handsets mean staff have greater mobility and while remaining within reach when summoned from anywhere within the hospital grounds.

The KIRK 70 series features safety components that can be integrated with third-party applications. When integrated with third-party nurse call or equipment monitoring systems, the alarm button, light diode and easy identifiable alarm icons allow for immediate redirecting of alarms to the correct personnel.

The KIRK 7040 Handset is equipped with additional safety features, including automatic alarms such as man down, no movement and running detector for the protection of staff from violent patients or in other critical situations. For example, staff working at risk in psychiatric care can summon help immediately, and the automatic alarm triggered by either the sensor or the tear-off string alarm secures a fast response.

To avoid the spreading of bacteria, all KIRK 70-Handsets are disinfectant resistant and may be cleaned with disinfectants used in hospitals. The KIRK 7020 and the KIRK 7040 handsets are equipped with a membrane keypad making it even easier to clean the surface.

For ultimate hygiene requirements, telephone calls can be answered automatically via the headset – wired for the KIRK 7020, and wired and Bluetooth-enabled for the KIRK 7040 – without activating any buttons on the handset or on the headset.

The KIRK 7020 and 7040 handsets are ruggedised and IP64 compliant, which means that they are dust-tight and protected against splashing water so that carers can help patients in wet areas without removing the handsets.

Polycom KIRK DECT systems and handsets are distributed exclusively by Wavelink Communications in Australia.

About Wavelink
Wavelink Communications (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge IP, wireless and communication solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Polycom, Digium and Meru Networks.

About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Please visit www.polycom.com for more information.

Polycom introduces new KIRK 7010 DECT Handset for healthcare sector

KIRK 7010

Polycom has introduced the new KIRK 7010 handset – the first in a series of DECT handsets specifically designed to meet the needs of the healthcare sector.

The KIRK 7010 handset provides a ‘ruggedised’ and application-enabled solution for healthcare environments.

The handset enables clinical and administrative users to benefit from wireless telephony within hospitals, aged care and clinics by providing features specifically required in these environments, including:

• handset protection against splashing water (IP54) when assisting patients in wet areas
• disinfectant resistant handset to avoid the spread of bacteria when caring from one patient to another
• support of alarm icons for third-party nurse call integration, patient and equipment monitoring

Polycom KIRK DECT systems and handsets are distributed exclusively by Wavelink Communications in Australia.

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About Wavelink

Wavelink Communications (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge IP, wireless and communication solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Polycom, Digium and Meru Networks.

About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Please visit www.polycom.com for more information.