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Rex Hospital Partners with Local High-Tech Wireless Communications Solution Provider
[May 22, 2006]

Rex Hospital Partners with Local High-Tech Wireless Communications Solution Provider

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. --(Business Wire)-- May 22, 2006 -- Rex Hospital and Ascom Wireless Solutions Inc. announce a local partnership for improving patient care and increasing patient safety while accelerating the delivery of critical information. Rex Hospital is a 439 bed, all-private-room hospital that has provided superior care to Wake County, NC residents and the surrounding community since 1894. Ascom is a 50 year old on-site wireless communications company based in Switzerland with a local subsidiary headquartered in RTP, NC.

The Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) commissioned a 2005 Hospital Leadership Survey to identify trends in healthcare information technology. Hospital CEO's throughout the USA responded that "Operational Efficiency" is one of the top two business issues facing healthcare. The management at Rex Hospital agreed and chose to use technology to help achieve improvements in efficiency while continuing to grow and add new services.

Rex Hospital is located close to Research Triangle Park, which is one of the fastest growing areas in the US. The hospital is committed to serving the community and is recognized for its high quality medical services and tradition of superior care to a greater number of patients. The management at Rex Hospital clearly understands that they live in a community of savvy consumers who demand the best quality and the latest technology.

To improve efficiency of its highly mobile work force, the hospital deployed 88 wireless Base Stations throughout the entire hospital to ensure campus-wide coverage. This replaces an outmoded system that has been in place for several years. Staff working in and supporting twelve (12) new Operating Rooms received the first 64 handsets with over 270 additional handsets planned for deployment this August. This provides mobile personnel the freedom to spend more time with patients. This also facilitates better communication between departments like the laboratory and radiology as well as with physicians in order to obtain patient information much quicker.

The Rex Hospital partnership with Ascom is already delivering benefits to both the hospital and patients. Rex will continue to explore new ways to further improve communications through this partnership. Future plans are already in place to integrate their Nurse Call system with the new Ascom wireless telephone system to continue efficiency improvements. Automated text messages and alerts will be sent directly to caregivers' wireless handsets resulting in improved patient satisfaction, more effective use of staff time and enhanced patient safety.

About Ascom Wireless Solutions Inc.

Ascom(R) Wireless Solutions (AWS) is the Americas' market leading provider of on-site wireless communication solutions, bringing smart integration to existing systems which enables greater freedom of movement, better service and increased safety in the workplace. Ascom on-site wireless solutions make existing systems work smarter through the integration of complementing, not competing, technologies. Because Ascom is not limited to one particular technology, they can customize unique solutions to meet an organization's needs, helping to create a road map for the long-term goal of an all-digital, wireless facility. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, AWS is a part of the Swiss Ascom Group, an international solution provider with comprehensive technological know-how specializing in Wireless Solutions (high-value on-site communications solutions) and Security Solutions (applications for security, communication, automation and control systems for infrastructure operators, public security institutions and the army). For more information, please visit

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