At HIMSS, Symbol announced a pilot project with Glenbrook Hospital in Chicago. The pilot was done in a 30 bed unit, with a maximum of 5 nurses per shift. Technology deployed included Symbol VoIP NetVision phones, a Symbol 802.11b WLAN integrated with a GE/Dukane ProCare 6000 nurse call system, and Nortel Meridian PBX switch with voice gateway. McKesson appears to be the systems integrator. No mention on what middleware was used for the integration.

Symbol has always had great products - wireless networks, barcode readers, hand held computers, the foundation and peripherals that make up solutions. It seems that now they are positioned as a point of care systems solution provider. Here's some text from their web site:

Link nurses to patients, monitors, pumps, medical records and medication schedules so they have up-to- the-minute case status information whether they're at a desk or on the floor. Your staff can solve problems instead of filling out charts. As a result, you can reduce patient response times and allow nurses to focus on patient care, instead of paperwork.
By adding accuracy and mobility to daily duties, Symbol Remote Patient Monitoring Solutions make it possible to improve nursing staff productivity.

Wow, you'd think they were describing a medical device... oh wait, they are.