SITUATION

A private, physician-owned hospital with nine operating rooms, 21 inpatient beds, 22 outpatient beds and four extended-stay beds, as well as a network of more than 50 physician offices, representing more than a dozen specialties, Lincoln Surgical Hospital in Nebraska continues to experience rapid growth. Increasing use of wireless and wired technology contributed to efficiency, but it also had also created islands of disparate networks. It also resulted in additional costs as each satellite office invested in its own wireless network solution to accommodate the use of individual mobile devices by patients and guests.

Recognizing the advantages of developing a seamless technology system within the main hospital itself and throughout its physician network, Lincoln Surgical Hospital and its IT team tapped Prime Communications to implement a solution that would facilitate the exchange and availability of medical records, imaging and test results. The solution would also need to standardize technology at individual physician offices – all while ensuring security and reliability.