Verizon Business deploys high-capacity optical network for Brooklyn's Maimonides Medical Center

MAY 1, 2007 -- The new Maimonides network also will serve as the foundation for the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIE), a regional health care network scheduled for launch in 2008.

MAY 1, 2007 -- Maimonides Medial Center has turned to Verizon Business (search for Verizon Business) to design and deploy a high-capacity, resilient optical network connecting the medical center's main campus buildings and 24 remote locations throughout Brooklyn. Maimonides says its new network, which it began to transition to in March, enables the secure and rapid transmission of electronic medical records, providing physicians and affiliated institutions with complete patient medical histories, including doctors' orders, prescriptions, lab results, and radiology films.

By eliminating the cumbersome process of transferring paper records between physicians and among various health care facilities, Maimonides hopes to reduce medical errors, eliminate duplicative testing, and deliver improved patient care at a lower cost--providing critical, comprehensive clinical information directly at the point of care, say Maimonides representatives.

"Immediate access to electronic patient records can help enhance the speed and efficiency of health care as we know it today," confirms Walter Fahey, chief information officer at Maimonides. "Working with Verizon Business, we're on the road to making traditional clipboards and paper records obsolete. The new network supports our current requirements and provides a secure and scalable platform for our future initiatives."

The new Maimonides network also will serve as the foundation for the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIE), a regional health care network scheduled for launch in 2008. Designed to meet the federal call-to-action to transform the delivery of health care through regional collaboration, the BHIE will aid the development of electronic medical records and promote interconnectedness among Brooklyn-based clinicians. The BHIE will spur the adoption of a common health care information technology supported by shared policies and privacy and security standards designed to create a sustainable business model.

The BHIE, composed of a consortium of 10 Brooklyn-based health care organizations representing the full continuum of medical delivery, will enable the sharing of complete patient clinical information via an electronic medical record transferred between health care organizations over the network infrastructure already in place at Maimonides. To support the creation of the BHIE, Maimonides received a $4 million grant from the state of New York to create the required secure electronic infrastructure for sharing clinical information among multiple health care organizations, whether the patient is being treated in an affiliated emergency room, inpatient unit, doctor's office, or skilled nursing facility.

"Verizon Business is helping Maimonides and other health care providers transform the way they do business to provide better care for patients," reports Steve Young, senior vice president of corporate markets for Verizon Business. "Health care is a critical issue for our society, and the deployment of effective information technology platforms holds the promise of delivering improved patient care more efficiently and at a lower cost."

For Maimonides, Verizon Business deployed Dedicated Wavelength Ring Service over new fiber, providing redundant high-speed links between core locations housing administrative and computer operations, as well as the Maimonides data center. Using DWDM, a layer-one transport technology that carries each data protocol traffic stream on its own separate light wavelength, the network supports all existing applications, including those that enable the transfer of radiology images to doctors in mere seconds. Connectivity within the Maimonides data center and its computer operations server farm uses Verizon Business' resilient, high-speed 10-Gigabit Ethernet LAN service.

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