JULY 11, 2007 -- AT&T Inc. (search for AT&T) has announced a new optical networking services contract with John Muir Health, a nationally recognized comprehensive health care provider with two medical centers, including a trauma center that serves Contra Costa and portions of Solano County, CA.
Per the five-year contract, AT&T will serve as the primary networking services provider, delivering AT&T OPT-E-MAN service (search for OPT-E-MAN) to connect one of John Muir's more remote locations to the main data center in Walnut Creek.
AT&T says its OPT-E-MAN service, which is a fully managed, switched Ethernet network service, will provide secure and economical communications between John Muir Health's main campus and the remote facility. OPT-E-MAN service also is scalable and flexible in bandwidth from 10 Mbits/sec to 1 Gbit/sec, which is ideal for the ever- growing quantity of critical health care applications, says AT&T. Additionally, the redundant service will support doctors and health care practitioners from any location throughout the network.
By using a unified network platform, John Muir Health will be able to support multiple business applications, such as electronic medical records, as well as remote access to patient health information and medical images for radiology, note AT&T representatives. The service will provide transport and security across the converged network and will enable John Muir's health care professionals to provide better patient care across the John Muir Health network of facilities.
"We have a long-standing relationship with AT&T, and when the need surfaced for a communications provider capable of deploying a state-of-the-art networking solution to connect our multiple locations, we called on AT&T," recalls Eric Saff, chief information officer for John Muir Health. "The optical networking solution provided by AT&T will allow us to focus our efforts on the most important aspect of our business: Our patients."