Gesundheit Hospital

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  • Customer Profile

    Healthcare is an increasingly digital, collaborative enterprise. By taking control of its digital infrastructure, Germany’s Gesundheit Nordhessen is creating new ways of working and simplifying the adoption of new MedTech. Its dynamic new network is built on HPE Aruba Networking.
    • Vertical: Healthcare
    • Location: Kassel, Germany
    • Customer size: Two hospitals, several medical care centers, two rehabilitation facilities, 1200 beds, 4500+ employees

    Vision

    Drive dynamic mobile-first working environment and accelerate the adoption of new MedTech.

    Objectives

    • Drive mobile-first working
    • Accelerate adoption of new MedTech
    • Enable the use of electronic patient records

    Outcomes

    • Establishes secure workplace mobility for clinical teams
    • Creates a platform on which to test new MedTech
    • Simplifies network management for users and devices across a 24/7 environment

    Investing in digital healthcare

    Germany, renowned for its quality cars, excellent transport, and precision beer making, has recognized an area where further advancements are necessary: healthcare.

    Despite being the world’s fourth-largest economy and third-largest exporter, the country acknowledges the need to enhance its healthcare landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted inadequacies in terms of digital infrastructure, outpatient care, and national health data management.

    It is something the new government, formed in late 2021, is keen to address. The government has a host of plans to encourage reform in the sector. These include accelerating the introduction of an electronic patient record, simplifying access to medical data for scientific research, and stimulating investment in digital infrastructure.

    Redefining the network experience

    Gesundheit Nordhessen is typical of many of Germany’s regional hospitals. Based in the city of Kassel in central Germany, it comprises a 1200-bed main campus, plus smaller local clinics. It covers everything from maternity to rehabilitation. Gesundheit Nordhessen is home to the Kassel School of Medicine and is the region’s largest training center for the nursing profession.

    In many ways, Gesundheit Nordhessen is a model healthcare provider. There is one noticeable area requiring attention: the wireless connectivity infrastructure, which falls short of optimal functionality.

    This is an issue Gesundheit Nordhessen is keen to address. Like healthcare in the country as a whole, Gesundheit Nordhessen wants to transform its digital infrastructure. This will enable workplace mobility for clinical teams, make it easier to share medical data across different stages of a patient’s treatment, provide a platform on which to integrate new MedTech, and allow inpatients to stream movies from their mobile devices.

    “Patients can’t even access Netflix or Disney+ at the moment,” says Robert Schulz, head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen. “In Germany, there is room for progress in these areas.”

    Mobile working is nothing if it is not secure. Healthcare in Germany works under strict data regulations; Gesundheit Nordhessen must establish a secure network on which to drive its digital transformation, but it must do so in a manner that is efficient and simple to manage.

    “Patients can’t even access Netflix or Disney+ at the moment. In Germany, there is room for progress in these areas.” - Robert Schulz, Head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen

    a healthcare worker giving a meal to a pacient

    Greater confidence in a mobile-first workplace

    The digital upgrade at Gesundheit Nordhessen is being built upon an HPE Aruba Networking platform. The new network consolidates two previous networks; one for medical, another for IT, and brings network management in-house. It allows Gesundheit Nordhessen to be more progressive in the way it introduces new digital technologies.

    Thanks to HPE Aruba Networking Wi-Fi 6 Access Points and HPE Aruba Networking CX Switches, the hospital will become mobile-first as users start to trust wireless connectivity. Doctors can move across the site while accessing patient records, updated in real time, on tablet devices. Patients get to enjoy their Disney+. Should a user need to make a wired connection to the network, HPE Aruba Networking ClearPass grants appropriate access rights from any LAN port. Network management from HPE Aruba Networking AirWave provides an overview of network health. Together, this creates a network architecture that is secure, easy to manage, and simple to change.

    “The beauty of the HPE Aruba Networking architecture is its ability to automatically hand off connectivity to the next access point without losing connectivity or data. It makes the Wi-Fi network across our campus insanely stable and robust,” says Schulz.

    The use of HPE Aruba Networking ClearPass strengthens network access control for users and devices, mandatory for Germany’s healthcare sector. It also enables full automation of device or user detection, authentication, and connection, assigning policy-driven rights and privileges. This is increasingly important with the proliferation of users and devices. Schulz and his team have governance over exactly who or what can access the hospital’s network and set appropriate security controls. HPE Aruba Networking Dynamic Segmentation allows Gesundheit Nordhessen to differentiate between different users and devices, and seamlessly manage VLAN assignments at scale.

    “The new approach to network security is automated, zero-trust, and device-specific,” says Schulz. “Our security posture is more consistent. Operationally, we’re more streamlined in how we address security.”

    Network segmentation empowers Gesundheit Nordhessen to achieve seamless roaming, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity and consistent access settings throughout hospital buildings. This enhances efficiency and staff satisfaction while providing a secure space for testing healthcare innovations, such as assigning a network segment to Dräger, a major MedTech supplier, enabling independent system operations without affecting other users or use cases.

    “The beauty of the HPE Aruba Networking architecture is its ability to automatically hand off connectivity to the next access point without losing connectivity or data. It makes the Wi-Fi network across our campus insanely stable and robust.” - Robert Schulz, Head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen

    Gesundheit Nordhessen Hospital building

    Bringing network control in-house to drive continued improvement

    The new network will optimize mobile working across the Kassel campus. It will facilitate the introduction of an elektronische Patientenakte (ePA, or electronic patient record). The ePA will also act as the gateway to community health programs, and the use of telemedicine. The bigger picture is a national, paperless health record for all citizens in Germany.

    The longer-term impact will be on connected healthcare in the Kassel region, and Gesundheit Nordhessen’s ability to test and deploy new MedTech securely and seamlessly. The open nature of the HPE Aruba Networking architecture allows for simple integration with third parties. The network team can rapidly isolate a part of the network to test new use cases. It enables Schulz and his network team to pivot from hardware managers to service providers with an unprecedented level of flexibility and efficiency: defining access control policies, streamlining the onboarding of new devices, creating user profiles, and ensuring the network is protected.

    “HPE Aruba Networking ClearPass transforms the way we bring technology into the organization,” says Schulz. “With its Captive Portal, we can create a simple web interface for medical teams to add new devices, all managed securely without the need for constant IT intervention.”

    The speed and simplicity of these changes, now handled in-house, promise to accelerate the adoption of new ways of working. Schulz expects to see asset tracking, wearable MedTech, smart building management systems, environmental monitoring, and wayfinding in the very near future, a roadmap of innovation made possible with the new network architecture. Together, these will create an efficient clinical care environment leading to a patient experience that is calmer, smarter, and more effective.

    “Bringing network management in-house has been challenging, but essential for us. Our relationship with HPE Aruba Networking has been excellent and highly productive. We’ve had the support we needed to make this change. It’s a fruitful partnership.” - Robert Schulz, Head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen.

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    The beauty of the HPE Aruba Networking access points is their ability to automatically hand off connectivity to the next access point. It makes the Wi-Fi network across our campus insanely good.
    Robert Schulz, Head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen
  • Customer Profile

    Healthcare is an increasingly digital, collaborative enterprise. By taking control of its digital infrastructure, Germany’s Gesundheit Nordhessen is creating new ways of working and simplifying the adoption of new MedTech. Its dynamic new network is built on HPE Aruba Networking.
    • Vertical: Healthcare
    • Location: Kassel, Germany
    • Customer size: Two hospitals, several medical care centers, two rehabilitation facilities, 1200 beds, 4500+ employees

    Vision

    Drive dynamic mobile-first working environment and accelerate the adoption of new MedTech.

    Objectives

    • Drive mobile-first working
    • Accelerate adoption of new MedTech
    • Enable the use of electronic patient records

    Outcomes

    • Establishes secure workplace mobility for clinical teams
    • Creates a platform on which to test new MedTech
    • Simplifies network management for users and devices across a 24/7 environment

    Investing in digital healthcare

    Germany, renowned for its quality cars, excellent transport, and precision beer making, has recognized an area where further advancements are necessary: healthcare.

    Despite being the world’s fourth-largest economy and third-largest exporter, the country acknowledges the need to enhance its healthcare landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted inadequacies in terms of digital infrastructure, outpatient care, and national health data management.

    It is something the new government, formed in late 2021, is keen to address. The government has a host of plans to encourage reform in the sector. These include accelerating the introduction of an electronic patient record, simplifying access to medical data for scientific research, and stimulating investment in digital infrastructure.

    Redefining the network experience

    Gesundheit Nordhessen is typical of many of Germany’s regional hospitals. Based in the city of Kassel in central Germany, it comprises a 1200-bed main campus, plus smaller local clinics. It covers everything from maternity to rehabilitation. Gesundheit Nordhessen is home to the Kassel School of Medicine and is the region’s largest training center for the nursing profession.

    In many ways, Gesundheit Nordhessen is a model healthcare provider. There is one noticeable area requiring attention: the wireless connectivity infrastructure, which falls short of optimal functionality.

    This is an issue Gesundheit Nordhessen is keen to address. Like healthcare in the country as a whole, Gesundheit Nordhessen wants to transform its digital infrastructure. This will enable workplace mobility for clinical teams, make it easier to share medical data across different stages of a patient’s treatment, provide a platform on which to integrate new MedTech, and allow inpatients to stream movies from their mobile devices.

    “Patients can’t even access Netflix or Disney+ at the moment,” says Robert Schulz, head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen. “In Germany, there is room for progress in these areas.”

    Mobile working is nothing if it is not secure. Healthcare in Germany works under strict data regulations; Gesundheit Nordhessen must establish a secure network on which to drive its digital transformation, but it must do so in a manner that is efficient and simple to manage.

    “Patients can’t even access Netflix or Disney+ at the moment. In Germany, there is room for progress in these areas.” - Robert Schulz, Head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen

    a healthcare worker giving a meal to a pacient

    Greater confidence in a mobile-first workplace

    The digital upgrade at Gesundheit Nordhessen is being built upon an HPE Aruba Networking platform. The new network consolidates two previous networks; one for medical, another for IT, and brings network management in-house. It allows Gesundheit Nordhessen to be more progressive in the way it introduces new digital technologies.

    Thanks to HPE Aruba Networking Wi-Fi 6 Access Points and HPE Aruba Networking CX Switches, the hospital will become mobile-first as users start to trust wireless connectivity. Doctors can move across the site while accessing patient records, updated in real time, on tablet devices. Patients get to enjoy their Disney+. Should a user need to make a wired connection to the network, HPE Aruba Networking ClearPass grants appropriate access rights from any LAN port. Network management from HPE Aruba Networking AirWave provides an overview of network health. Together, this creates a network architecture that is secure, easy to manage, and simple to change.

    “The beauty of the HPE Aruba Networking architecture is its ability to automatically hand off connectivity to the next access point without losing connectivity or data. It makes the Wi-Fi network across our campus insanely stable and robust,” says Schulz.

    The use of HPE Aruba Networking ClearPass strengthens network access control for users and devices, mandatory for Germany’s healthcare sector. It also enables full automation of device or user detection, authentication, and connection, assigning policy-driven rights and privileges. This is increasingly important with the proliferation of users and devices. Schulz and his team have governance over exactly who or what can access the hospital’s network and set appropriate security controls. HPE Aruba Networking Dynamic Segmentation allows Gesundheit Nordhessen to differentiate between different users and devices, and seamlessly manage VLAN assignments at scale.

    “The new approach to network security is automated, zero-trust, and device-specific,” says Schulz. “Our security posture is more consistent. Operationally, we’re more streamlined in how we address security.”

    Network segmentation empowers Gesundheit Nordhessen to achieve seamless roaming, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity and consistent access settings throughout hospital buildings. This enhances efficiency and staff satisfaction while providing a secure space for testing healthcare innovations, such as assigning a network segment to Dräger, a major MedTech supplier, enabling independent system operations without affecting other users or use cases.

    “The beauty of the HPE Aruba Networking architecture is its ability to automatically hand off connectivity to the next access point without losing connectivity or data. It makes the Wi-Fi network across our campus insanely stable and robust.” - Robert Schulz, Head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen

    Gesundheit Nordhessen Hospital building

    Bringing network control in-house to drive continued improvement

    The new network will optimize mobile working across the Kassel campus. It will facilitate the introduction of an elektronische Patientenakte (ePA, or electronic patient record). The ePA will also act as the gateway to community health programs, and the use of telemedicine. The bigger picture is a national, paperless health record for all citizens in Germany.

    The longer-term impact will be on connected healthcare in the Kassel region, and Gesundheit Nordhessen’s ability to test and deploy new MedTech securely and seamlessly. The open nature of the HPE Aruba Networking architecture allows for simple integration with third parties. The network team can rapidly isolate a part of the network to test new use cases. It enables Schulz and his network team to pivot from hardware managers to service providers with an unprecedented level of flexibility and efficiency: defining access control policies, streamlining the onboarding of new devices, creating user profiles, and ensuring the network is protected.

    “HPE Aruba Networking ClearPass transforms the way we bring technology into the organization,” says Schulz. “With its Captive Portal, we can create a simple web interface for medical teams to add new devices, all managed securely without the need for constant IT intervention.”

    The speed and simplicity of these changes, now handled in-house, promise to accelerate the adoption of new ways of working. Schulz expects to see asset tracking, wearable MedTech, smart building management systems, environmental monitoring, and wayfinding in the very near future, a roadmap of innovation made possible with the new network architecture. Together, these will create an efficient clinical care environment leading to a patient experience that is calmer, smarter, and more effective.

    “Bringing network management in-house has been challenging, but essential for us. Our relationship with HPE Aruba Networking has been excellent and highly productive. We’ve had the support we needed to make this change. It’s a fruitful partnership.” - Robert Schulz, Head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen.

    a team of surgeons

    The beauty of the HPE Aruba Networking access points is their ability to automatically hand off connectivity to the next access point. It makes the Wi-Fi network across our campus insanely good.
    Robert Schulz, Head of IT, Gesundheit Nordhessen