Cradlepoint enables connectivity for Australian COVID vaccination program

Cradlepoint enables connectivity for Australian COVID vaccination program

Cradlepoint announced that Aspen Medical, a global healthcare provider and a player in Australia’s response to COVID-19, has rolled out Cradlepoint NetCloud and over 220 wireless routers to enable connectivity across federal government-funded GP-led respiratory (COVID-19 testing) clinics plus for their vaccination teams in aged-care facilities.

Earlier this year, Aspen Medical managed COVID-19 testing facilities and hotel quarantine at the Australian Open in Melbourne and leveraged Cradlepoint to deliver on-site connectivity for medical staff.

Canberra-based Aspen Medical specialises in providing healthcare services, including modular and temporary clinical infrastructure, in environments that are remote, challenging and under-resourced, and where fixed connectivity can be a challenge. During the current global pandemic, Aspen Medical teams are operating in multiple environments, sometimes with teams of 20–30 persons per site requiring connectivity at the same time. The organisation realised that Wi-Fi devices could not cope with that number of users and that it needed a robust solution connecting multiple devices and users reliably.

Since many respiratory clinics are in regional, rural or remote areas, Aspen Medical chose Cradlepoint for mobility solutions to deliver the security and robustness of a fixed connection for sensitive patient data, telephony and printing services.

Aspen Medical Vaccination Administration teams have already mobilised to aged-care facilities across the country to provide vaccinations for elderly patients. Care teams are equipped with a complete IT kit that includes Cradlepoint routers, as strict security regulations in Australia regarding clinical information and medical data means they cannot rely on third-party Wi-Fi at these facilities.

Earlier this year, Aspen Medical managed hotel quarantine including COVID-19 testing for staff, players and the entourage at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The medical team set up testing hubs where tennis players and staff were based and deployed Cradlepoint routers to securely connect computers and printers, without relying on hotel or open Wi-Fi.

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