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Automating Endpoint Management in Critical IT Environments

15 April 2019

Medway NHS Foundation Trust uses baramundi Management Suite to secure and streamline its endpoint management system

Medway NHS Foundation Trust is a public benefit corporation authorised under the National Health Service. Based in Gillingham, it serves more than half a million patients a year across Medway and Swale, including 110,000 emergency department attendances, 62,000 inpatient admissions, and over 325,000 outpatient attendances. With 4,000 plus staff, the trust is one of Medway’s largest employers. In addition, the trust has close to 400 volunteers who provide support through initiatives such as Hospital Radio and the Voluntary Services Department.

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Vital signs poor for Imperial College Healthcare’s SAN

22 February 2019

Imperial College Healthcare NHS, has deployed Tintri’s flash storage systems as a central piece in its virtualisation strategy. Since deployment, it’s claimed the health trust has seen notable benefits including increased storage performance and capacity, as well as a reduction of downtime and administration.

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Carelink provides crucial support for medical software

14 February 2019

Edinburgh-based Clevermed is using hosted infrastructure services and connectivity to the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) to provide NHS trusts with access to its specialist medical software.

The company’s products include BadgerNet Maternity which provides real-time recording of all clinical events wherever they occur.

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Raphael has finger on the pulse with unified comms

13 February 2019

Established in 1983, the Raphael Hospital is said to be the largest independent neurological care provider in England, with more than 500 staff and a turnover of £35m.

As well as its original hospital in Hildenborough, Kent, and a second site in Brighton, the hospital recently expanded its service with the acquisition of Glenside Manor Healthcare Services in Farnborough and Salisbury.

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SD-WAN boosts network bandwidth for Nuffield Health

12 February 2018

Nuffield Health says it has reduced WAN traffic by up to 75 per cent and seen up to a six-fold increase in bandwidth after deploying an SD-WAN.

The healthcare organisation has two data centres and around 20,000 users across more than 260 sites throughout the UK.

These include 31 hospitals, 111 gyms, and 121 corporate fitness and well-being centres. But it was finding that its legacy MPLS WAN was struggling to connect users to business-critical SaaS applications such as Office365 and TrakCare for electronic medical records, as well as IaaS applications such as Microsoft Azure.

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Trust recovers costs with security system transplant

12 February 2018

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHNT) serves a community of around 525,000 people, employs more than 6,000 staff, and has an annual turnover of £365m.

In common with many healthcare providers, it has seen increasing use of software-based administrative and clinical systems.

These have increased the demand for more flexible and secure access technologies that improve productivity while protecting sensitive medical data.

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Fast website vital in the fight against meningitis

12 February 2018

The Meningitis Research Foundation brings together people and expertise to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists.

Since the charity began in 1989, it has funded vital research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of meningitis, and also raises awareness of the disease and supports individuals and families affected.

Due to the fast-acting nature of meningitis and septicaemia, the public need to be able to access information quickly and at all times.

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Cure found: medical firm makes a success of upgrade

05 February 2017

Founded in 1943, Penlon makes and distributes medical devices for anesthesia, intubation, oxygen therapy and suction. From its base in Abingdon, it has a presence in more than 90 countries.

Penlon needed its IT systems to deliver on two main objectives: simplified management and business continuity.

Having previously moved to virtualisation in order to save time and to create a more streamlined and enhanced IT environment, the firm wanted to simplify the management and complexity of its infrastructure whilst guaranteeing business continuity for its customers.

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An app that gives audiences a greater say

05 February 2017

NetworkPharma runs conferences and networking events for professionals who specialise in medical communication, publishing and education, generally called ‘medcomms’. These meetings range from a dozen participants to 100.

It was an early adopter of Lumi’s IML Connector, a handheld device which encourages attendees to participate in presentations and share opinions via polls or texting with the built-in keypad. A built-in microphone allows them to participate in Q&As.

As a small company, NetworkPharma does not have the budgets of many firms in the pharmaceutical industry. While managing director Peter Llewellyn says he was happy with IML Connector, cost constraints were always a challenge.

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College saves as calls move to the cloud

05 February 2017

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The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) was founded in 1996 but its roots date back to 1928. Today, it has 17,000 members and 160 staff. Based in Holborn, near Great Ormond Street Hospital, the RCPCH also has offices in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Its staff need to maintain regular contact with members and trainees to coordinate the often time-critical examinations process.

The organisation’s infrastructure and operations manager, Olly Rice, says: “Our phone system is one of the primary ways that we communicate with staff and our members. Sometimes the communication needs to be instant, especially for the examinations team, so it’s really important that we can just pick up the phone and talk to someone when we need to.

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