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Cox provides optical prescription to HMO

Mon, 06/28/2004 - 8:00pm
Karen Brown

Cox Business Services is going to shed some light on communications for Care New England Health System Inc., deploying a managed optical Ethernet service to link several of the HMO's campuses.

CBS, the enterprise and telecom subsidiary of MSO Cox Communications Inc., will use resilient packet ring optical Ethernet equipment from Nortel Networks Corp. to link several Care New England campuses in Providence, R.I. and several outlying communities. Using optical Ethernet allows Cox to funnel voice and data traffic via a single connection, therefore cutting costs and complexity.

New and existing health care applications, including vital patient information systems, will be centralized in a main data center, with each campus site having access to them via the high-speed optical network. Nortel will provide all of the needed network gear, including its Alteon Application switches, BayStack Ethernet switches, Contivity Secure Routing Technology equipment and Passport Routing switches.

"With the industry rapidly moving toward digital content, it became very apparent that we needed a high-bandwidth network capable of delivering real-time, reliable and secure access to critical patient information across the network," said Howard Rubin, New England Health Systems' technical services director, in a release. "The Optical Ethernet solution meets our needs for integration and consistency across the network, allowing us to easily and cost-effectively support new applications that will improve patient care."

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