E*NABLE for Health care to deliver broadband communications solution across health care facilities

Pittsburgh 07 August 2000Marconi plc, a global provider of advanced communications and medical imaging solutions, has now available its plan-build-operate solution, the E*NABLE Services Programme for Health care. This programme will enable health care organisations to provide a higher standard of health care at higher rates of efficiencies by delivering broadband networks that support telemedicine, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), and other voice, video and data communications within a single facility, across multiple facilities in the same group, or even across multi-hospital systems.

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E*NABLE for Health care solutions will involve project management, integration and installation services; on-site and Web-based network support; and business and market assessments. The company's E*NABLE for Health care clients will include stand-alone facilities, multi-hospital groups and Health Management Organisations, as well as Marconi channel partners and system integrators.

Rock Arkie, executive vice president and general manager of Marconi Services Americas, confirmed that Marconi will tailor E*NABLE for Health care solutions according to individual client needs. As he stated, "Engagements will vary in scope based on client needs. We will provide turnkey solutions for some facilities, develop security strategies for established networks in others, and manage network engineering and installation engagements for others."

"Today's health care organisations are facing the challenge of planning, building and operating networks which can keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies", commented Christine Tenneson, an associate research analyst at IDC. "Competitors like Marconi, that offer a comprehensive, health care IT solution, particularly with services addressing the HIPAA or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's preparedness, are well positioned to succeed within vertical market opportunity."

E*NABLE for Health care builds on Marconi's strong domain knowledge in health care, established by Marconi Medical Systems, a global supplier of clinically focused medical imaging systems, services, supplies, and information central to modern patient care. With E*NABLE for Health care, Marconi Medical Systems' existing customers will gain access to advanced networking solutions which will help them realise their radiology information management strategies.

Marconi, a global provider of Intelligent Broadband Networking solutions, already has an established team which focuses on delivering advanced communications networks for health care organisations such as North Kansas City Hospital. "The Marconi Services team brought in the right number of people with the right skill sets to augment my staff to design and install our network", explained Mary Siero, the hospital's director of information technology. "Our project rolled out on time, and I am pleased with their ongoing operational support."

E*NABLE for Health care is a key element of a significant agreement closed with AmeriNet, the nation's largest membership-based health care group purchasing organisation. Under the agreement, AmeriNet will offer Marconi's products and services to its more than 14.000 member facilities. Rock Arkie added that E*NABLE for Health care addresses all the communications issues Health Chief Officers face today because Marconi developed the offering after soliciting and analysing feedback from health care customers throughout North America.

"What we have discovered in almost every instance were health care organisations starving for comprehensive services and support", he stated. "They reported needing the most help with network security, network design and implementation, financing, and operational support. Our response was to create a package that addresses all of these needs." Marconi plc forms a global communications and IT company with 49.000 employees worldwide and sales in over 100 countries. It supplies advanced communications solutions and the key technologies and services for the Internet. Please, read about the North Kansas City Hospital experience with Marconi in VMW's May 2000 issue.


Leslie Versweyveld

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