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Maple Knoll Village Retirement Community Selects Meru Uninterrupted Care Network to Enhance the Care, Safety and Satisfaction of Seniors

Companies mentioned in this article: Meru Networks, Inc.

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/28/14 -- Meru Networks® (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in Wi-Fi networking, today announced that Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. has deployed a Meru Uninterrupted Care Network to support more than 1,000 residents at its continuing care retirement communities, including Maple Knoll Village, in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. With a highly reliable, pervasive Wi-Fi network that spans the 54-acre campus, Maple Knoll Village has enhanced the care and safety of its residents, improved staff productivity and increased resident satisfaction.

"Our care giving staff has so much more mobility now," said Andrew Craig, IT director at Maple Knoll Village. "Staff can use their laptops or tablets at the patients' bedsides, in the skilled nursing care facility, in residents' homes or in the independent living and assisted living communities. They can also do follow-up visits with residents who were recently ill. With Meru Wi-Fi, our staff has access to medical information and resources they need to care for our residents and patients - wherever and whenever they need it."

The Meru Wi-Fi network blankets Maple Knoll's campus, which includes independent living villas and apartments, assisted living facilities, a skilled nursing facility, a wellness center, a rehabilitation center, a Montessori childcare center and a hospice center. The wireless LAN supports Maple Knoll's electronic medical records and nurse call systems, patient location tracking system, IP phone systems and business operations. Wi-Fi is a valued amenity for the residents, too. Residents can use their tablets and laptops anywhere from the gardens to their living rooms to stay in touch with friends and family, check social media sites, watch movies and stay informed.

The Meru 'Uninterrupted Care Network'

Meru's Uninterrupted Care Network (UCN™) enables IT departments to create separate Wi-Fi channel layers. This allows hospitals to offer the benefits of mobility for Wi-Fi enabled "Life Critical" devices such as telemetry and to help ensure reliable connectivity for those devices on their own dedicated wireless channel layers.

Three Layers of UCN

  • Life Critical: One set of wireless channels can be dedicated for life critical applications and devices like smart infusion pumps and Wi-Fi enabled telemetry devices and for carrying wireless traffic only associated with these applications. Centralized monitoring conducted by Wi-Fi enabled devices is not only designed to improve clinician productivity, but may also help hospital in improving patient safety.
  • Mission Critical: A second channel layer can be dedicated for "Mission Critical" applications and devices to provide reliable connectivity and QoS for mobile enterprise applications such as EMR, VoIP, Citrix based CPOE and barcode medicine administration. This is designed to improve clinician productivity and increase patient satisfaction (HCAHPS).
  • Consumer Critical: UCN can also provide a "Consumer-Critical" layer, to enable patients to connect with friends and family using the Internet. Such family interaction has been shown to positively impact patient mood and treatment outcome, thus improving patient satisfaction scores.

"The Meru Uninterrupted Care Network empowers healthcare providers to improve patient safety, increase staff productivity, and ensure resident satisfaction," said Sarosh Vesuna, vice president and general manager of Meru's business units. "With Meru's channel layering technology, Maple Knoll has been able to create separate, dedicated channels for life-critical, mission-critical and consumer-critical applications and ensure optimal performance for all applications."

Additional information about the Meru Uninterrupted Care Network is available here: http://www.merunetworks.com/industries/healthcare.html

For more information, see the Meru case study on Maple Knoll:
http://www.merunetworks.com/collateral/case-studies/maple-knoll-village-wifi-enriches-lives-of-retirees-cs.pdf.

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader in the development of mobile access and virtualized Wi-Fi solutions. Meru's MobileFLEX wireless architecture addresses the ever-growing need for higher bandwidth and higher client densities. The Meru Identity Manager solution greatly simplifies secure device on-boarding and the company's unique Context-aware Application Layers enable dedicated channel assignments for specific applications, devices and usage scenarios. Meru customers include Fortune 500 businesses as well as leaders in education, healthcare and hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Japan. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

©2014 Meru Networks. Meru is a registered trademark and the Meru logo is a trademark of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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