Milan, Italy. January 2007- wHospital (wireless hospital) is the first system able to fully record the whole in-patient clinical process in digital format so that it can be consulted, using web technology, from anywhere in the hospital. Records can be accessed from Tablet PCs linked by a wireless network, thus permitting medical personnel to view all the information on a given patient, anywhere and at any time.
wHospital is the result of a joint project between It2b srl, a company incubated by the Milan Polytechnic Start-up Incubator, and the Healthcare Automation and Organisation Group of the Bioengineering Department at Milan Polytechnic. The project was brought into being by Polo Scientifico Tecnologico Lombardo S.p.a. with backing from the Lombardia Regional Authority.
The U.S. company Fluidmesh Networks was also involved the project, setting up a partnership with it2b and supplying its innovative technology to install a wireless mesh network at the Busto Arsizio District Hospital where trials of wHospital were performed. A new wireless frontier, Fluidmesh proprietary technology gives the wHospital project reliability and performances superior to those of traditional Wi-Fi solutions.
The experimental phase of the project began in October 2005 and, given the positive results, over the coming weeks medical records will be totally switched from hand-written to digital format and the system will officially come into force, at the end of a period of parallel use of both hand-written and digital records which has confirmed the high level of reliability offered by wHospital.
“With the wHospital project,” comments Pietro Zoia, the Chief Administrator of Busto Arsizio District Hospital, “the hospital is able to handle such crucially important work as the compilation and updating of medical records by computer. Experimentation of this innovative tool supplied to us has brought positive results in terms of operating efficiency.”
“Using this system,” adds Dr. Quirino, “less time is required to write up all the information needed by doctors and nurses, records are more legible and all the data useful for treatment of patients is accessible on line. All this also means that we have more time to devote to treating patients.”
To date, the project at the Hospital in Busto Arsizio has involved the Department of Infective Diseases, where Dr. Quirino is in charge, but it is expected to be extended to other departments of the Hospital too.
“This project activity has been fully satisfactory: it is a clear example of how Polo Scientifico Tecnologico Lombardo s.p.a.’s skill in bringing projects into being can be fittingly put to use, thus fulfilling its mission of transferring innovative skills from their source (It2b srl and Milan Polytechnic) to Busto Arsizio Hospital,” says Dr. Osvaldo Attolini, President of Polo Scientifico Tecnologico Lombardo s.p.a. “We hope that this project may be extended, leading enterprises in our territory to ask our help in acquiring technology.”
Set up in 2002 by three Computer Engineering students at Milan Polytechnic, it2b s.r.l. is specialised in the development of multi-channel web-based applications and in creating databases suitable to handle numerous data sources, with priority in the Healthcare market, both in Italy and abroad.
it2b offers reference markets solutions which aim to simplify working processes, increasing productivity and certifying critical processes, as well as supplying Customers with devices and services that permit them to control costs and manage risk and that support strategic decision processes.
In December 2005, it2b added a new Partner to its company organisation: a senior manager with experience in International Groups. The four partners run the Company themselves.
Fluidmesh Networks, Inc.
Fluidmesh Networks is the worldwide leader in wireless video-surveillance systems based on mesh networking technology. The company is focused on the development of top-quality wireless products for video-surveillance applications in large areas at risk. Fluidmesh Networks' target markets are municipalities, industrial plants, seaports and marinas, archaeological sites, resorts, theme parks and racing tracks.
Founded by a team of researchers and engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA (USA) and the Politecnico of Milan in Italy, Fluidmesh Networks serves its customers worldwide from its headquarters in Boston, and from its European office based Italy.
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