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Nortel Healthcare Solutions Empower Fast Start To Improving Care, Reducing Costs


Network Managed Services Help Transform Hospitals to Secure IP Networks
ORLANDO, Fla. – Healthcare providers are saving critical time and enhancing productivity to better serve their patients in an increasingly demanding environment with innovative healthcare solutions built on unified communications technology and network managed services from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT].

“When the network becomes a medical instrument, it needs to perform like one,” said Charles Salameh, vice president, Network Business Solutions, Nortel. “That’s one thing our healthcare customers don’t have to worry about. We’ve tailored our healthcare solutions and managed services to make sure their networks stay secure, reliable and efficient. When Nortel takes care of the network, healthcare providers can remain focused on what they do best - provide excellent patient care.”

The latest additions to Nortel’s Healthcare Solutions portfolio include IP Mobility Fast Start, Secure Portable Office, Network Managed Services and Consulting Services. Nortel is demonstrating these and other solutions in Orlando, Fla. this week at HIMSS08, the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (booth #6281).

Nortel Healthcare Solutions are designed specifically to bring the benefits of Business Made Simple to medical facilities. The typical hospital, for example, currently has separate voice, data and wireless networks. Management of multiple networks presents a complex and time-consuming challenge that can mean less reliable services and a negative impact on patient care.

Nortel Network Managed Services can help healthcare providers with tailored solutions that extend from the back office to the point of patient care, providing the skilled resources and operational experience to free them from the burdens of network surveillance, management and upkeep. Nortel Consulting Services can assist with strategy, planning and implementation of other solutions, such as transitioning to one simpler, less costly network.

Real-time collaboration and access to patient status, clinical applications and medical records from mobile devices is another way healthcare facilities can empower physicians and other professionals to deliver higher-quality patient care, but the initial costs can be beyond the reach of small-and medium-sized hospitals. Nortel IP Mobility Fast Start solves this problem and provides greater return on investment with a manageable and affordable migration path to IP that enables mobility and unified communications as well as future technologies.

For hospitals concerned that the convenience and efficiency of mobility services could be outweighed by potential security risks, Nortel Secure Portable Office can add another level of confidence. It gives each medical professional an encrypted portable media device - USB memory stick, flash memory or smart card - that can be plugged into an appropriately configured computer to provide secure access to clinical applications, sensitive patient data and other information. This solution is compliant with requirements of the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA**) of 1996. Network design, deployment and management are available from Nortel’s Global Services portfolio to assist hospitals in tailoring Secure Portable Office to their specific needs.

Other Nortel Healthcare Solutions on display at HIMSS08 include Patient Discharge, Asset Tracking and Management, Clinical Alarms and Alerts and Collaborative Clinical Solution. Nortel is also demonstrating its Healthcare Telepresence Solution in cooperation with Polycom**.
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