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Hospital de Madrid group Enables Advanced Communications With Nortel Clinical-Grade Network


MADRID, Spain – Hospital de Madrid Group, is relying on a next-generation clinical-grade IP network from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] for ‘always on’ advanced communications at its new 228-bed Hospital Madrid Norte-Sanchinarro, which will be opening in March 2007. The network has been designed and deployed by Nortel’s partner TRC Informática.
The adoption of new clinical information systems and applications, such as online access to Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) or to the database of patients’ records, will enable Hospital Madrid Norte to reduce operational costs while providing the high-speed, high-bandwidth capabilities to support advanced communications designed to improve patient care.

The need for immediate access to electronic records and clinical information drives Hospital de Madrid’s deployment of a robust clinical IT network that touches all clinical functions within the hospital. This new system also provides access to clinical information for data centers and outlying clinics, doctor’s offices and other departments — all of which have strict requirements regarding information security, confidentiality, manageability, interoperability, and usability.

“At Hospital de Madrid we have moved to an electronic environment that ensures the right information gets to the right members of the medical teams as it is required,” said José Morales, IT Director of Hospital de Madrid Group. “It’s imperative that we can deliver patient-care services with a communications infrastructure that is converged, cost-efficient, reliable and secure. By working closely with Nortel and TRC Informática, we will be able to reduce the complexity of our network, improving its management and ensuring that we receive the support we need to deliver first-rate healthcare service.”

“Helped by Nortel’s relationship with TRC, Hospital de Madrid can benefit from an industry leading combination of innovation and support. Nortel’s clinical-grade networking solutions enhance hospital operational efficiency and communications among clinicians and administrators, and improve overall quality of care at the same time as reducing operational costs”, said Bill Weber, leader Enterprise Solutions Iberia for Nortel.

The solutions are part of Nortel’s clinical grade Healthcare Solutions and consist of a high next-generation stackable 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Layer 3 Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 5510 at the edge, providing high-density Gigabit desktop connectivity, and Ethernet Routing Switch 1612G at the Data Center providing resiliency, performance and security for converged applications and connections.

About Grupo Hospital de Madrid
Created in 1990, Grupo Hospital de Madrid is a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare provider and the biggest private hospital organization serving the residents of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Spain. With more than 900 professionals, the Group owns four hospitals with a total of 669 tertiary acute care beds. Hospital de Madrid’s mission is to offer state-of-the-art health care to patients, based on personalized and humanized attention given by health professionals with top clinical skills and supported by the best technical advances.**


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