Sunnybrook implements wireless
TORONTO – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Bell Canada and Symbol
Technologies, Inc. have announced the launch of a wireless
communications solution within the hospital.
This solution includes mobile computers, a wireless network
infrastructure and management software to help improve patient care and
operational efficiency campus wide.
Planned, deployed and integrated by Sunnybrook and Bell Canada, the
enterprise mobility solution is part of an overall strategy using
wireless networks and applications to improve workflow for better
patient care and improved safety.
"As a leading hospital, Sunnybrook has high-levels of patient traffic
with no room for downtime. Partnering with Bell Canada and Symbol made
the process of evaluating, determining a solution, planning and
deploying a wireless network very easy," said Oliver Tsai, Sunnybrook's
director of information technology.
"Access control, deployments and software updates on a large scale were
amongst our requirements when evaluating a wireless network, and the
Bell Canada and Symbol wireless solution provided us with the security,
flexibility and scalability required to enhance the overall patient
The Bell Canada and Sunnybrook solution enables medical professionals to
provide mobile point-of-care in the hospital with real-time access to
clinical applications. Prior to deploying the secure Symbol wireless
network infrastructure – which consists of WS5100 wireless switches and
AP300 access ports – clinicians and nurses could only access and update
patient information from computers at central nursing stations.
Using the Symbol wireless network infrastructure, MC50 and MC70
enterprise data assistants (EDA), and computers-on-wheels, Sunnybrook
clinicians can access and update patient records, and better provide
treatment when and where needed – at the point of patient care.
This approach helps significantly improve the quality of patient care,
enhance medical staff productivity and increase the accuracy of patient
information shared throughout hospital locations.
"Collaboration of systems, suppliers and partners through integrated
systems lets healthcare providers focus on delivery," said Paul Rowe,
vice president, enterprise marketing, Bell Canada.
"As a leading provider of information communications and technology (ICT)
solutions, this implementation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is
another example of how Bell Canada is contributing to the transformation
of healthcare through the innovative application of technology.
Integrated solutions such as this can save lives and costs."
Additionally, the Symbol MC70 EDA with an integrated barcode reader,
will run software applications developed by Neoteric Technology Ltd.
These applications – when run in conjunction with Positive Patient
identification programs – will help reduce the number of medical errors
associated with sample collection and transfusion management. The
Neoteric programs in use at Sunnybrook are enhancing patient safety,
reducing costs and providing a standard for caregiver-patient
"Symbol's rugged and sealed MC70 EDA meets the demands of healthcare
customers such as Sunnybrook, seeking one device for communications and
applications," said Ken Kleinberg, senior director of Symbol's
healthcare industry solutions group. "The MC70 EDA can withstand
multiple drops to concrete, run applications critical to a hospital's
operations, and can be sprayed with cleaning solutions to help prevent
the spread of germs in a hospital environment."
About Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is transforming healthcare through the
dedication of its more than 10,000 staff members who provide
compassionate and innovative patient focused care. An internationally
recognized leader in women's health, academic research and education and
an affiliation with the University of Toronto distinguishes Sunnybrook
as one of Canada's premier health sciences centers. Sunnybrook
specializes in caring for newborns, adults and the elderly, treating and
preventing cancer, heart problems, orthopedic and arthritic conditions
and traumatic injuries. Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre is the
comprehensive cancer program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a
Cancer Care Ontario partner and fully affiliated with the University of
About Bell Canada
Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in communications with 28
million customer connections across the country. The company provides
consumers with simple solutions to all their communications needs,
including telephone services, wireless communications, high-speed
Internet, digital television and voice over IP. Bell Canada also offers
integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services to
businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief Information Officer
(VCIO) to small and medium businesses(SMBs). Bell is proud to be a
Premier National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games. Bell is wholly-owned by BCE Inc.
For information on Bell's products and
services, please visit www.bell.ca, and
for corporate information on BCE, please visit
About Symbol Technologies
Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company, is a
recognized worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products
and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to
and from the point of business activity. Symbol enterprise mobility
solutions integrate advanced data capture products, radio frequency
identification technology, mobile computing platforms, wireless
infrastructure, mobility software and world-class services programs.
Symbol enterprise mobility products and solutions are proven to increase
workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, drive operational
efficiencies and realize competitive advantages for the world's leading
companies. More information is available at