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Daughters of Charity Health System Taps AT&T for VPN Services
[March 15, 2006]

Daughters of Charity Health System Taps AT&T for VPN Services

TMCnet Contributing Editor
AT&T Inc. announced on Wednesday that it scored a new contract from the Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS), a regional health care organization comprised of six hospitals and medical centers located in Northern and Southern California.

The new, three-year contract calls for AT&T to provide Opt-E-MAN, a public switched Ethernet service. This service will connect DCHS' five primary hospital and data center locations by linking each site's local area network (LAN). DCHS will also adopt AT&T's Virtual Private Network (VPN) for centralized network management, monitoring, and AT&T Frame Relay services for increased bandwidth to accommodate new applications, such as a Physician Portal and a Picture Archival Communication System (PACS) for improved patient care throughout the network.

The Physician Portal will allow DCHS physicians to access secure databases for medical images, test results and medical history. This will increase the efficiency of the health system and patient safety, "as critical medical information is available at any time where it is needed," noted AT&T's news release.
As part of the new contract, AT&T will also deploy a backup wide area network (WAN) providing a disaster-recovery model, which includes fully redundant data circuits to each primary site.
"We needed to expand our bandwidth to support applications that are critical to the well-being of our patients," explained Richard Hutsell, CIO of the Daughters of Charity Health System. "We trust AT&T to equip us with a solution that will help DCHS operate at optimum levels of efficiency for improved patient care in each of our facilities."
AT&T made news yesterday when it announced that it won a new, three-year networking services contract from the Volex Group plc, a producer of electrical and electronic-cabling assemblies.
The new contract calls for AT&T (News - Alert) to deploy an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) to integrate Volex's 21 corporate locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The IP VPN will provide the company with secure high-speed data, voice and Internet access services. Through AT&T's BusinessDirect portal, Volex will obtain around-the-clock online access to real-time reports on network performance and direct connection to electronic billing and trouble management systems.
"Previously, we linked our operational, manufacturing and sales locations through a number of different solutions from disparate providers, which made collaboration among different offices difficult," said Volex's global vice president of information technology Michael Tonino. "With AT&T's VPN, we have an integrated common network to improve productivity and enhance teamwork among our employees, which in turn, improves service to our customers."
Daughters of Charity Health System
AT&T Inc.
Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet and Internet Telephony magazine. To see more articles by Johanne Torres, please visit Johanne Torres' columnist page.

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