November 13, 2008

Ascom Provides Wireless Communication to Karmanos Cancer Institute

Ascom (US) Inc., a leading provider of on-site wireless communications solutions, has been chosen to provide wireless communications to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan. Karmanos is Michigan's only hospital completely devoted to fighting cancer and is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country.

To facilitate communications and eliminate response time to call for its inpatients, Karmanos chose Ascom's VoWiFi FreeNET solution for its value and functionality. The device acts not only as a voice communications device but also integrates with Karmanos' new Rauland-Borg Nurse Call System. Through Ascom's Medamax Gateway, Karmanos' patient care team receives immediate notification of patient requests and improves staff communication to decrease wait time. The handsets are currently in all patient areas with plans to add more handsets when Karmanos completes renovations. Karmanos is also looking at possible future integrations that would, for example allow caregivers to receive critical value results and alarms.

According to Karmanos' Karen Goldman Chief Nursing Officer, the Karmanos Cancer Institute established wireless network service to enhance the staffs' delivery of care to patients, as well as for the convenience of patients and guests. "The addition of Ascom VoWiFi technology maximizes our investment and facilitates instant communications between all parties involved in patient care," Goldman said. She added that in addition to all inpatient units Ascom is now in Karmanos' outpatient clinics and its pharmacy.

The Ascom FreeNET standards-based solution consists of market-specific VoWiFi portable handsets with direct SIP connection or optional VoIP Gateway for integration to an existing circuit-switched PBX.

The Ascom UNITE Messaging Suite is a robust messaging integration solution consisting of small network appliances with Ascom software applications utilizing a Linux kernel - providing unparalleled reliability and stability.

Ascom is the only wireless provider in the industry that manufactures both purpose-built wireless handsets and middleware allowing seamless integration with existing systems.


Based in midtown Detroit, Karmanos is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for more than 6,000 new patients annually on a budget of $216 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, the Karmanos Cancer Center is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 faculty members, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate cancer. John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D., is Karmanos' president and chief executive officer.


ASCOM ( is a leading provider of on-site wireless communications for key segments such as hospitals, manufacturing, retail and hotels. More than 70,000 systems are installed at major companies all over the world. The company offers a broad range of voice and professional messaging solutions, creating value for customers by supporting and optimizing their Mission-Critical Processes. The solutions are based on VoWiFi, IP-DECT, DECT, Nurse Call and paging technologies, smartly integrated into existing enterprise systems. The company has subsidiaries in 10 countries and employs 1,200 people worldwide.