iPass Inc. announced today that the South Georgia Medical Center, an acute-care hospital serving Southern Georgia and Northern Florida, has deployed the iPass Endpoint Policy Management solution. The hospital is using iPass software to manage software upgrades, application downloads, and hardware and software inventory across 1,000 networked PCs and 300 additional systems spread across 15 remote sites.
With 335 beds, immediate access to information resources at all times is critical to the care provided at the medical center. The center's diverse IT infrastructure – including onsite PCs, remote systems and mobile devices – requires a standardized approach to ensure that the entire staff has the most current software and security solutions.
Prior to iPass, South Georgia Medical Center lacked a comprehensive way to inventory hardware and software on its systems, or to automate software distribution and patch management. Insufficient inventory capabilities made it difficult to remain in compliance with software licensing agreements.
“We needed an intuitive and effective solution to help us keep our IT inventory in good health, ” said Chuck Marshburn, manager, Network Services, at South Georgia Medical Center. “ With the iPass Endpoint Policy Management software, we can now manage our software licenses, monitor and remove rogue applications, and update systems throughout the facility in much less time and in a more comprehensive manner. ”
“iPass is committed to delivering tools that make mobility safe and effective, ” said Joan Fazio, Director of Product Marketing at iPass. “ By using iPass, South Georgia Medical Center was able to greatly reduce the overhead of managing hundreds of remote and mobile devices while still maintaining control over user compliance."
The medical center selected iPass because Endpoint Policy Management enabled them to unify systems management and software distribution for local, remote and mobile systems through a single solution. The medical center plans to use the iPass solution to manage recently deployed wireless PDAs in its pharmacy, emergency department, women ' s and children ' s center and cancer center.
“Recently we were able to distribute software to 175 handheld PCs for a new bar-coding application in less than two hours. This task would have normally taken at least 27 hours. The iPass software reduced our workload by over 90 percent, ” stated Marshburn.