SBC Communications Announces New Contract with Ingalls Health System
SBC Services to Support Medical Imaging Technology for Chicago-Area Medical Centers
San Antonio, Texas, November 4, 2005, SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC) today announced a new contract to deliver optical networking and IP-based services to Ingalls Health System to help support clinical applications, such as Picture Archiving Computer Systems (PACS) for medical imaging. Ingalls Health System serves Chicago’s south suburban residents with a variety of acute and tertiary health care services and includes Ingalls Memorial Hospital, three Family Care Centers, Ingalls Home Care, and Ingalls Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation.
Under the terms of the five-year contract, SBC companies will provide SBC PremierSERVSM Network-Based Virtual Private Network (NVPN), utilizing Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology, to all Ingalls locations for private and secure video and voice applications. SBC companies will also deliver SBC PremierSERVSM Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) and OPT-E-MAN® for additional bandwidth and redundancy to safely transmit Radiology images between the various Ingalls locations. SBC companies are the primary voice and data services provider for Ingalls Health System.
“We needed a secure and fully meshed IP-based network to support the transmission of our critical data, such as our medical images,” said Mike Hicks, vice president for Ambulatory Services, Ingalls Health System. “With the help of SBC companies, our staff will be able to increase productivity and improve patient care thorough our new IP-based network.”
“We look forward to providing mission-critical services to Ingalls Health System,” said Vicki Jones, president, Business Communications Services, SBC Midwest. “Our SBC PremierSERV NVPN service and optical networking services will fully-support Ingalls’ current networking needs while allowing capacity for future capabilities.”
About Ingalls Health System
The Ingalls health care facilities serve Chicago’s south suburbs. With 563 beds, the hospital offers a variety of acute and tertiary health care services, including cancer treatment, cardiovascular care, behavioral health, rehabilitation, and neurosurgery. Ingalls Health System operates three Family Care Centers and Ingalls Home Care.
SBC Communications Inc. is a Fortune 50 company whose subsidiaries, operating under the SBC brand, provide a full range of voice, data, networking, e-business, directory publishing and advertising, and related services to businesses, consumers and other telecommunications providers. SBC holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which serves over 52 million wireless customers. SBC companies provide high-speed DSL Internet access lines to more American consumers than any other provider and are among the nation’s leading providers of Internet services. SBC companies also offer satellite TV service. Additional information about SBC and SBC products and services is available at www.sbc.com.
SBC PremierSERV DIA and SBC PremierSERV NVPN services are provided by SBC Internet Services. OPT-E-MAN is provided by the SBC local phone companies © 2005 SBC Knowledge Ventures, L.P. All rights reserved. SBC, the SBC logo and other SBC product names are trademarks of SBC Knowledge Ventures, L.P. or its affiliates.
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