Healthcare Customers Deploy Nortel Mobility Solutions to Improve Patient Care and Staff Productivity
Clinical Grade Solutions Enable Anytime, Anywhere Healthcare Information Access
FEBRUARY 13, 2006, SAN DIEGO, CA. - Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] announced new customer deployments that demonstrate the Companyís strength in helping healthcare institutions treat patients as quickly and efficiently as possible through anywhere, anytime communications for doctors and nurses. Nortelís healthcare solutions are also designed to provide lower operational costs and enhanced reliability. The announcement was made at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Societyís (HIMSS) 2006 conference.
New North American customers benefiting from the enhanced reliability and mobility features of Nortelís healthcare solutions include: Continuum Health Partners (NY), Interior Health Company (Canada), Geisinger Health System (PA), Sparrow Hospital (MI) and Bassett Healthcare (NY).
ďNortelís technology is helping making it possible for healthcare providers to have seamless access to high-bandwidth applications like medical images from PACS (Picture Archive and Communication System) that are critical to delivering improved patient care today,Ē said Alex Pierson, general manager, Enterprise and SMB Communication Systems, Nortel. ďOur secure mobility solutions are also designed to assist doctors, nurses, and staff to access more securely confidential patient information in real time, on any device - PDA, laptop, and WLAN phone - helping ensure that decisions about care are made more quickly and efficiently.Ē
Continuum Health Partners has deployed Nortelís mobility solutions across its network of hospitals in New York City which includes over 3,100 beds and 16,000 employees. Nortelís WLAN 2300 and Ethernet Routing Switch solutions enable Continuum to help improve patient care by providing doctors and nurses with real-time access to patient information anywhere, anytime. In addition, the Optical Metro 5200 DWDM platform enables high-speed data services through a highly-resilient converged network, allowing the centralization of their services to reduce administrative and real estate costs while improving the efficiency of delivering medical services. IT staffing responsibilities have also been outsourced to Nortel, including network engineering and day-to-day operations of the network infrastructure.
ďThe Nortel solution is the foundation for our healthcare communications systems, allowing doctors and nurses to update patient information immediately, regardless of location. In the healthcare environment, that means saving lives,Ē said Marc Milstein, corporate vice president and chief information officer, Continuum. ďOne exciting application weíve been able to implement with the Nortel solution is our Computers on Wheels initiative. The program brings mobility to our clinical information systems, allowing care providers to access information and systems, including radiology, PACS or patient files, where they need it most - at the point of care. Previously this information was only accessible at static stations throughout the hospitals.Ē
Nortel is showcasing its innovative clinical grade healthcare solutions at HIMSS booth # 901. Nortel will demonstrate mobility with location-awareness, remote diagnosis over broadband wireless and solutions for doctorsí offices and other smaller clinical settings.
Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the worldís most critical information. Our next-generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises, span access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications, and help eliminate todayís barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people with information. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.
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