The Chris O\u2019Brien Lifehouse at RPA will spend $4 million on a Cisco network to initially support around 300 hospital staff and their patients at the new cancer treatment and research facility, set to open in September 2013.\nThe $230 million centre \u2013 named after the late head and neck surgeon Chris O\u2019Brien \u2013 has engaged system integrator Dimension Data to deploy and support new wireless infrastructure, expected to go live in February.\nLifehouse has begun designing the network to support mobile clinicians, patients and their carers who want to bring their own devices \u2013 such as Apple iPads and iPhones, Android or other mobile gadgets \u2013 to the treatment centre.\nBYOD 101: What are BYOD and the consumerization of IT?\nHospital staff will use softphones with headsets, which aids the hospital\u2019s plan to create a healing environment to reduce anxiety cancer patients may feel if they hear constant phones ringing on first arrival for treatment. A call system will enable patients to speak directly to doctors from their beds to further reduce noise in the hospital.\nLifehouse also this month expects to select a supplier to provide a couple of hundred units of a patient information system at chairs supplied to cancer patients who are receiving treatment. This will provide television, movies on demand and internet and email access services.\n\u201cWe have spent a lot of time [ensuring] the technology that we are implementing also aligns with the environment that we are trying to create,\u201d Lifehouse\u2019s chief information officer Anne Marie Hadley told CIO.\n\u201cWe\u2019ve tried to take the technology to the next level to address the issues and concerns patients have about the amount noise that they experience at a hospital.\n\u201cPatients want to feel empowered and one [way to do this] is by allowing them to bring their own device [to hospital] and stay connected to people while they are receiving their treatment.\u201d\nHadley said Lifehouse is also working with Cisco to integrate the Wayfinder GPS application onto patient\u2019s mobile devices so they are acknowledged when they arrive at Lifehouse. The application will also direct them around the hospital.\nSecuring applications and patient data\nMany hospitals have baulked at wireless technology due to concerns over potential leaking of patient data. Cisco claimed that the \u201cmedical-grade\u201d network at Lifehouse will protect the hospital\u2019s information and applications with identity authentication tools, firewalls, intrusion detection systems and self-healing capabilities.\nOne of these core applications is the Lifehouse Oncology Information System (LOIS) \u2013 which the hospital created using the CharmHealth electronic medical record system \u2013 to meet its specific requirements.\nLifehouse will pull patient data \u2013 with each patient\u2019s consent \u2013 from systems run by the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. LOIS will be able to communicate directly with the government\u2019s personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system.\nCIOs back e-health despite slow start\nOther systems include a TechnologyOne financial management package, a suite of human resources applications, instrument tracking, and a picture archive and communication system for medical imaging.\nLifehouse expects to employ around 600 clinicians and administration staff by 2015.