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Cox Business hooks up health facilities in Okla. with faster data speeds

Thu, 10/02/2008 - 8:10am
Mike Robuck

Cox Business is providing expanded data capacity between Integris Health’s eight rural hospitals and its two large medical centers in Oklahoma City.

These data connections ride over Cox’s network infrastructure and are part of the company’s comprehensive data network platform for Oklahoma’s largest not-for-profit health organization.

“These data connections support our remote facilities and provide access to critical patient data, resources and innovations in health care applications,” said John Delano, vice president and chief information officer for Integris Baptist Medical.” Cox understands the immediacy of the patient care environment and the need for reliable networks to support it.”

The data connections allow Integris Health’s hospitals to support telemedicine solutions such as remote video consultations, real-time information exchange, imaging and VoIP applications. Cox Business said the need for pre-term fetal monitoring was one specific application that drove the decision for the enhanced network.

“High-risk pregnant women should not drive hours to our comprehensive medical centers in Oklahoma City, if they can receive the same assessment at their local hospital,” said Stan Hupfeld, CEO of Integris Health. “We are deeply committed to the communities we serve, and the advanced connectivity from Cox Business allows Integris to deliver local service that is safer and more convenient for patients.”

Each Integris Health facility subscribes to Cox Business data services that allow for high-speed Internet access and secure communication to the medical centers in Oklahoma City.

The size of the network connection varies according to the specific needs of each location, with all major facilities equipped with 45 Mbps-dedicated connections. Smaller clinics utilize 10 Mbps connections, while buildings with dense employee populations are supported with 100 Mbps.

Health care organizations account for almost 10 percent of Cox Businesses’ 250,000 business customers. Cox Business is a division of Cox Communications.

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