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Welcare World goes wireless

Welcare World Health Systems (WWHS) has installed a wireless telecommunication link to enable better communication between its different facilities.

Welcare World Health Systems (WWHS) has installed a wireless telecommunication link to enable better communication between its different facilities.

The organisation, the healthcare management arm of Dubai-based Varkey Group, has deployed a pre-WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) link using technology supplied by du.

It claims to be the first private healthcare group in the UAE to deploy pre-Wimax technology.

David Ho, Welcare World director of IT, explained that the WWHS decided to go wireless as its two service providers were unable to install a data connection.

Etisalat serves its Welcare hospital in Garhoud while its five clinics are served by du.

"Previously because Etisalat could not lay a lease line - a lease line is a private line - from Garhoud to Knowledge Village and similarly du is unable to provide us one line from Knowledge Village to Garhoud, we had no choice but to do our data communication through the internet which is very, very slow," he told ITP.net

This was a problem, he added, as there was a lot of data communication going between the two locations including a large number of radiology images.

"We put up an antenna on top of Welcare Hospital and [this] is wirelessly connected to some patients in Healthcare City and from there du has got a high speed link to Knowledge Village," he added.

The new system is much faster with images taking at most 30 seconds to be transmitted compared to up to 25 minutes using the internet, he said.

The speed and capacity of the link will also enable the group to implement a centralised electronic medical database, Ho said.