Medical center taps Lightpath for optical transport services

November 15, 2004 Jericho, NY -- Montefiore Medical Center has deployed Lightpath's Optical Transport Services to support its advanced healthcare applications. Lightpath is the business telecommunications services division of Cablevision Systems Corp.

November 15, 2004 Jericho, NY -- Montefiore Medical Center has deployed Lightpath's Optical Transport Services to support its advanced healthcare applications. Lightpath is the business telecommunications services division of Cablevision Systems Corp.

Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is located in the Bronx. Montefiore provides treatment programs for patients with all major illnesses and has centers of excellence in heart care, cancer care, children's health, women's health, and surgery.

The center is upgrading its network from an OC-48 SONET ring to Gigabit Ethernet, taking advantage of Lightpath's DWDM core optical network backbone. The new Gigabit Ethernet network links the hospital's Bronx-based Moses Division, Medical Park, and Weiler/Einstein Division facilities to its data center in Yonkers, which houses more than 300 application servers.

The WAN network upgrade enables Montefiore Medical Center to move to 100 percent Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE), which will eliminate the need for paper-based bedside charts. Physicians can now order tests and medicine, and communicate with the hospital staff through an online portal that is supported by the Lightpath network. A Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) has also been implemented, enabling storage and distribution of digital medical images that can be retrieved remotely or transmitted over the network.

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