Dublin hospital updates information system



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1 April 2005 | 0

The Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Dublin, which incorporates the National Children’s Hospital (AMNCH), has implemented new storage and server technology to improve the performance and efficiency of its main hospital information system.

The new products, comprising Dell PowerEdge servers, a Dell EMC CX400 Storage Area Network (SAN), Dell|EMC Fibre Channel Switches and a tape library, will provide support for an information system that tracks 600 beds and the routine care of over 20,000 inpatients stays every year. It tracks everything from admissions, monitoring patients in casualty to appointments for outpatients, plus patients’ medical histories.

The important medical information has been centralised on to an Oracle 9i database platform, which is running the hospital’s information system. Red Hat Linux Cluster Manager has also been installed on the servers to manage failover. AMNCH will have full time access to Dell’s consultants and engineers through Dell’s Gold Support Service Centre based at Dell’s EMEA Enterprise Expert Centre, Cherrywood, County Dublin.

The new system has enabled clinical and administrative staff to access patient records and review consultant notes significantly faster than before, and can handle a large number of staff uploading medical information.
‘We have seen a minimum four-fold increase in performance, said Adrian Rath, operations manager at AMNCH. ‘Calls to our helpdesk about slow application response times are now a thing of the past. Combined with greater availability, hospital staff are able to get their work done more efficiently.’

AMNCH has recently added additional PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC storage functions to the SAN to support other applications, including the hospital’s financial and reporting systems.


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