NHS Online TV broadcast shows how Belden wireless infrastructure can help save millions
NHS Online TV has screened a documentary in which Belden, with Trapeze Networks™ as its leading wireless brand, demonstrates that asset tracking within the NHS can play a key role in drastically improving patient care as well as reducing capital and operational costs.
Belden is the world’s largest supplier of wired and wireless signal transmission solutions and mainly specializes in infrastructure, industrial and enterprise applications, with Trapeze Networks™ as its leading wireless brand. Belden offers a range of solutions that provide the highest levels of reliability, performance, security and management for today’s most demanding mobile applications, including data, voice, video, and real-time location services (RTLS).
Belden has a long track record in the healthcare market. Over the years, the company has built close relationships with global medical equipment manufacturers. More recently, Belden has been actively involved in the development of intelligent buildings where a seamless building infrastructure significantly increases the efficiency of hospitals and healthcare facilities.
In 2009, a Nursing Times survey found that more than one-third of nurses spend 40 hours per month looking for mislaid and lost equipment, equating to £900million of the NHS’s wage bill every year. Some departments spend a further £200k pa replacing equipment they are unable to locate.
In the documentary, Nick Kimber, Business Development Manager Belden EMEA, explains in an interview to identify and locate very easily where critical equipment and key staff are, can improve efficiency significantly: “Reducing the cost of looking for equipment by a modest 5%, would provide a saving of approx £45 million which can be diverted directly back into patient care.”
The documentary also shows how the Belfast NHS Trust has recognized the benefits of wireless technology. Paul Duffy, Co-Director of ICT & Telecommunications at the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust said: “We have had an excellent experience using the Trapeze Networks Mobility System and our implementation of a system this large is testimony to the service it delivers to our patients whilst reducing the support overhead. The integration opportunities that Trapeze Networks deliver enable us to expand the wireless infrastructure across the various campus sites, whilst allowing us to remain in complete control of the system. Tracking people has improved communication, streamlined workflow, increased workplace safety and enabled location-aware security. We believe our use of the wireless network will continue to grow until we have site wide coverage at which point the true value of complete staff mobility will really benefit the Trust.”
Belden designs, manufactures and markets signal transmission solutions, including cables, connectors and I/O modules, wireless networking systems as well as network devices and control, load sensing and load moment limitation systems designed for safety-critical applications ranging from industrial automation to data centers, broadcast studios and the aviation and aerospace industry. The company focuses on segments of the worldwide cable and automation markets that require both highly specialized and readily available products. With manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, Belden has recorded a total revenue of USD 1.45 billion for the fiscal year 2009.
Together with its brands Hirschmann™, Lumberg Automation™ and Trapeze Networks , Belden offers an extensive and highly specialized product portfolio covering the full range of data communications – from the information and control levels down to the field level. The company has more than 15 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with manufacturing facilities in Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Italy and Hungary.
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