UC Health goes optical for healthcare network

UC Health of Ohio will link four hospital building, including associated data centers, with a high-speed fiber-optic network. The network will use Ciena Corp.’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform, Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN) says.

UC Health of Ohio will link four hospital building, including associated data centers, with a high-speed fiber-optic network. The network will use Ciena Corp.’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform, Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN) says.

The network will support LAN, voice, and video traffic as well as real-time access to such healthcare-related applications as Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), Electronic Health Records (EHR), Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) and other advanced imaging systems. UC Health hopes to create a virtual computing environment among UC Health data centers with the network as well.

“To support the delivery of advanced healthcare applications like medical imaging and EHR, we need a network that is highly reliable, scalable, and robust,” said Mike Kincaid, manager of network services at UC Health, which is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. “Ciena’s optical transport solutions allow us to improve patient care, staff productivity, and service by increasing our network capacity so that we can deliver critical medical data and files such as high-resolution medical images and patient data.”

UC Health expects the network to support a variety of new services. For example, UC Health plans to roll out a mobile application that will support video-conferencing and virtual patient consulting via the Internet.

In addition to the 4200 system, Ciena also will provide such services as network design, site engineering, installation, and service provisioning.

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