Last week was an exciting week in Australia as in tandem with the global launch of the Cisco Virtualisation Experience Infrastructure (VXI), we were very proud to announce one of the solutions first customers is Australian! The South West Alliance of Rural Health (SWARH) is the technology service provider for 13 hospitals and health agencies in rural Victoria, the largest of which is Geelong based Barwon Health Hospital.
Garry Druitt, the CIO of SWARH and both Paul Cohen, the Deputy CEO, and Ann Larkin, the CIO of Barwon Health Hospital joined us at a TelePresence roundtable event to give media their first hand experiences with the new technology. SWAHR is using Cisco VXI to deliver a cutting edge virtual workspace by unifying its virtual desktops, voice and video which takes advantage of both Cisco UCS and our great collaboration suite with voice and video.
As Barwon Health Hospital is one of our region’s leading e-health hospitals (a paperless records hospital), the choice to roll out Cisco VXI is designed to improve work flow and mobility demands of clinicians, enabling them to bring their own devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to best customise and maximise their working environments.
The deployment will also enhance and accelerate SWARH’s tele-health capability. Its existing 300 video clients (that generate upwards of 1000 video sessions a month) will be better serviced by the increase of video availability (a significant proportion, around 20% of these video sessions are clinical, mental health or emergency orientated). As video becomes more readily accessible, Cisco VXI is set to make a positive contribution to hospitals’ better management of their patient-clinician ratios and wait times.
Cisco VXI is currently being rolled out in the Barwon Health Hospital Intensive Care Unit where clinicians will trial the use of iPads for increased mobility, collaboration and use of video in patient care. Ultimately SWARH sees that Cisco VXI will allow video to completely replace the phone!