Hospitals, Enabled by Aptilo Networks
May 31, 2011
Fast, Secure, Free Wi-Fi for Patients, Visitors and Physicians
REDDING, California, - The North State Service Area within the Catholic
Healthcare West (CHW) network, the nation's eighth largest health
system, today announced the launch of free wireless Internet access
(Wi-Fi) for patients, visitors and physicians. The service is available
now, at Mercy Medical Center Redding, Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta,
and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff.
The Wi-Fi service is enabled by Aptilo Networks, the global leader in
pre-integrated solutions for control of billing, user services and
access in wireless networks including Wi-Fi, WiMAX(TM) and LTE.
The free Wi-Fi provides patients and their visitors with secure,
easy-to-use high-speed broadband Internet access to help make their stay
more comfortable. Using the Wi-Fi, patients can remain connected to
friends and family with email, search the Internet, etc. from their
Physicians will enjoy easy access to the Internet as well. Previously,
physicians were able to use only the hospital's internal wireless
network, and had to do so using devices provided by Catholic Healthcare
West. With the Aptilo platform doctors can search the Internet, read up
on the news or access external email using any wirelessly enabled
"This is a tremendous benefit to our patients, their visitors and to our
physicians who can now enjoy free, easy-to-use wireless broadband in our
Redding, Mt. Shasta and Red Bluff facilities. Free Wi-Fi is one more way
we provide an exceptional experience along with superior, compassionate
health care," said Henry Niessink, I.T. Site Director, Catholic
Healthcare West, North State. "We are happy that CHW made Aptilo's
service available to our communities. This will be a real benefit to our
patients, visitors and physicians in providing quick and efficient
Senior Vice President of Operations, Jon Halfhide added, "Wireless
integration is a key component of our integration and connectivity
strategies. Providing patients and their loved ones access to the
Internet to stay in touch and informed about their care and progress is
of paramount importance to the North State Service Area CHW hospitals."
Mercy Medical Center Redding, Mercy Medical Center, Mt. Shasta and St.
Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff together serve more than
170,000 patients each year.
Robust Solution for the Healthcare Segment
Working with Dell Services, Catholic Healthcare West utilized Aptilo
Guest Internet Services(TM), a cloud-based carrier-class hosted solution
for large multi-site organizations wanting to offer their patients and
visitors secure Internet access using the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.
With simplified administration, it is designed to involve the internal
IT staff as little as possible in the daily operation.
"Catholic Healthcare West needed a solution that could be deployed
quickly and easily throughout their network of hospitals in a
cost-effective way. Aptilo's hosted platform can also scale up as needed
and accommodate tiered bandwidth options for users," said Torbjorn Ward,
Chief Executive Officer, Aptilo Networks. "We are proud to be working
with them in delivering exceptional, easy-to-use Internet access."
About Catholic Healthcare West
Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) is the eighth largest hospital system in
the nation and the largest hospital provider in California. Founded in
1986, the CHW network of more than 8,500 physicians and approximately
50,000 employees serve a population spanning 22 million people at 41
hospitals across California, Arizona, and Nevada. For more information,
please visit our website at chwHEALTH.org.
About Aptilo Networks
Aptilo Networks is the global leader in pre-integrated management
solutions for control of billing, user services and access in Wi-Fi,
WiMAX(TM) and LTE networks. Aptilo's solutions have been deployed in
more than 50 countries. For more information, please visit