Coordinated Care Management

December 14, 2011

Aerohive Networks Adds Cloud Computing Capability to Greenway's Electronic Health Record Solutions

Aerohive Networks today announced that Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., a provider of electronic health record (EHR) business solutions, has deployed an Aerohive enterprise Wi-Fi solution to enable Greenway to use its cloud-enabled platform to allow physicians to reduce costs while coordinating patient care, all at the touch of their fingertips, according to a company press release.

Aerohive Networks is a provider of controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled networking. Cloud computing allows users to store and transmit information over the Internet.

Greenway Medical Technologies provides ambulatory healthcare and clinical research business solutions and services to more than 33,000 healthcare providers nationwide, in 30 specialties and subspecialties through its advanced health IT software and on-demand services, according to the press release. Greenway’s services are used by physician group practices, IDN, REC, HIE, IPA, Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) settings.

According to the press release, Greenway was looking for a way to have information available immediately so that healthcare providers could spend more time with patients and less time looking things up. The company was also concerned about compliance with privacy requirements.

The Recovery Act/HITECH Act of 2009 is an incentive program for Medicare and Medicaid payments, whereby medical practices that adopt EHR solutions early will get a financial bonus.

To do this, Greenway needed to replace its existing WLAN with “a more manageable, reliable, and centrally cloud-managed Wi-Fi solution” that could keep up with Greenway’s rapid growth, according to the press release.

Greenway chose Aerohive’s HiveAP 120 APs across four corporate campus locations, which would allow the company to eliminate, or lessen, network downtime while reducing the amount of time it took to manage its WLAN, the press release noted.  Greenway said in the press release that it chose “Aerohive as its wireless vendor because of its easy-to-manage and reliable cooperative control architecture.”

Greenway is managing its network using Aerohive's Cloud Services Platform – HiveManager Online. HiveManager Online – all designed to “start small and grow a network with no upfront capital costs beyond the access points,” according to the press release.

HiveManager Online offers the same enterprise-class features as Aerohive’s HiveManager Network Management System (NMS), the company said, but it’s “easier and less expensive to implement because it is all set up and ready to use, and organizations are not required to deploy another device in their network.”

Deborah DiSesa Hirsch is an award-winning health and technology writer who has worked for newspapers, magazines and IBM in her 20-year career. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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