InnerWireless aligns with IEC guidelines

InnerWireless (Richardson, Texas), a provider of end-to-end in-building converged wireless solutions, reported its support of, and technology alignment with, the draft IEC 80001-1 risk-management standard to guide hospitals on how to add medical devices to their network without compromising patient care and safety. The company has also provided direct input to the FDA and FCC as they determine how best to support the safe and effective integration of current and future wireless medical devices and applications in hospitals across the country.

InnerWireless CTO Jim McCoy was a speaker at the recent FDA/FCC joint meeting on "Enabling the Convergence of Communications and Medical Systems," where he addressed integrating multiple wireless medical devices with a hospital's network. McCoy's technical and practical experience results from InnerWireless successfully integrating thousands of wireless devices onto networks in over 150 major medical centers and hospitals across the U.S.

"In 2004, with plans to offer a healthcare and enterprise wireless solution, InnerWireless studied the WLAN service and identified inherent challenges associated with different devices and applications competing for a non-deterministic, limited channel resource in a conventional deployment," McCoy said. "As a result, InnerWireless developed a deployment methodology in conjunction with its broadband wireless platform for providing multiple, dedicated wireless LAN resources simultaneously to different categories, priorities and criticalities of applications in order to minimize risk, which is precisely the goal of IEC 80001, the FDA, and the FCC."

GE Healthcare IT gets CCHIT certification

GE Healthcare IT's (Barrington, Illinois) Centricity Practice Solution version 9.5 has been inspected by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and is a premarket conditionally CCHIT Certified 2011 Ambulatory EHR, with additional certification for Child Health and Cardiovascular Medicine with Advanced Reporting. Based on CCHIT's first round of usability testing for ambulatory EHRs, Centricity Practice Solution earned a five-star rating, the highest awarded by the commission. Centricity Practice Solution version 9.5 is not yet available for sale.

Additionally, Centricity Practice Solution version 9.5 is certified EHR technology, IFR Stage 1, preliminarily meeting 24 of 24 requirements for Eligible Providers published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Interim Final Rule (IFR) of January 2010. "We're thrilled to reach this milestone," said Jim Corrigan, VP/GM of GE Healthcare IT. "We believe it's verification that we're ready to help our customers meet the requirements for meaningful use and affirms we're delivering the same level of commitment to product excellence that we've been bringing to our customers for more than forty years."

Supercomputer speeds genetic research

A Cox Business (Phoenix) light-speed computer connection coupled with advanced, military-grade technology now provides Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen; also Phoenix) with the nation's fastest supercomputer link among life-sciences facilities.

This enhanced capability moves data 100 times faster between TGen and Saguaro 2, Arizona State University's (ASU) supercomputer, accelerating TGen's molecular research into diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes and many types of cancer. The transfer and processing of data sets containing trillions of bits of DNA information that once took more than a week will now be done in just a few hours.

"Every advance in computer technology helps us move ever-closer to finding new and better ways to diagnose-and help select treatment plans for-patients who are counting on us to improve their quality of life," said Jeffrey Trent, TGen's president and research director.

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