Sprint, GE Healthcare To Provide Methodist Healthcare With Wireless Infrastructure - Update

Monday, wireless and wireline communications services provider Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) and GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Co. (GE), said its signed a substantial multi-million dollar contract with San Antonio, Texas-based Methodist Healthcare for a complete, innovative wireless infrastructure, software and services. The wireless infrastructure would enable Methodist to enhance patient outcomes by enabling anywhere and anytime communication among caregivers as well as continuous, remote access to life-critical vital sign data.

The new deployment will result in a converged wireless ecosystem for six hospital sites within the Methodist Healthcare. The setup includes GE's integrated wireless platform Carescape Enterprise Access, more than 800 Sprint wireless phones and the ability for Methodist to further expand use of the GE wireless patient monitoring system that allows patients to be more mobile and contributing to better outcomes.

Carescape Enterprise Access provides hospitals with coverage for wireless patient monitoring, multiple cellular providers, wireless LAN and public safety radio, and other wireless services, over a single infrastructure.

Commenting on the deal, Eddie Cuellar, CIO of Methodist Healthcare said, "Wireless communication plays an integral role in getting information to clinicians at the right time and in the right place, helping to speed clinical decision-making and deliver exceptional patient care throughout the continuum of care."

This new wireless infrastructure will cover about 1.9 million square feet with voice and data services.

Sprint Nextel shares are currently trading at $4.23, up $0.04 or 0.95% and General Electric shares at $10.98, up $0.04 or 0.37% on the NYSE.

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