Staten Island University Hospital selects GiantLoop to expand bandwidth for advanced tele-implementations

Waltham 26 June 2002GiantLoop Network, a provider of data centre networking services and software, is providing a comprehensive optical networking solution to Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), a 780-bed teaching health care system located in Staten Island, New York. This new solution will dramatically increase network capacity between SIUH facilities, allowing the hospital to deploy new bandwidth-intensive health care applications like teleradiology, video-conferencing, and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS).

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A recognised leader in technology-based medicine, SIUH is currently implementing a wave of new technologies to improve care quality, reduce operating costs, and ensure compliance with government regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

To ensure that the hospital's network infrastructure can accommodate the new telemedicine and digital imaging applications needed to achieve these goals, SIUH has engaged GiantLoop to design and implement a private data network based on high-bandwidth, dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) optical networking technology. One of the first implementations of a private, DWDM-based optical network by a United States health care provider, the new network will connect several SIUH facilities in the Staten Island area and will give the hospital more than six times the bandwidth of its existing SONET infrastructure for virtually no increase in cost.

In addition to engaging GiantLoop for network design and implementation services, SIUH has also entered into a multi-year contract for GiantLoop's Network Control Services. Based on GiantLoop's proprietary Integrated Network Management Platform (INMP), Network Control Services will provide SIUH with advanced network management functionality by combining 24x7 remote monitoring services with GiantLoop's PowerCONTROL customer care portal, a secure Web interface which allows customers to access real time network status and performance statistics, network topology details, graphing and reporting tools, account information, on-line trouble ticketing, and more.

"Staten Island University Hospital will realise several important benefits from this ambitious upgrade to our enterprise data network", stated Frank J. DiSanzo, Chief Information Officer at SIUH. "Specifically, GiantLoop's optical network solution will greatly increase our network capacity and redundancy, enabling us to support upcoming new clinical initiatives such as PACS, a new surgical management system, and teleradiology."

"In addition, GiantLoop Network Control Services will allow us to improve our network management capabilities and provide superior customer service to our users through instant access to network information and on-line trouble ticket management. Equally important is the fact that GiantLoop was able to design and deliver a solution that will support both SIUH's current and future initiatives in a highly cost-effective fashion", added Mr. DiSanzo.

"Health care institutions need a new breed of services and software to help them move and manage the vast quantities of data generated by digital x-rays, electronic medical records, and other new applications", commented Jim Sullivan, GiantLoop President and Chief Executive Officer. "GiantLoop's expertise in networking, storage, and network management technologies make it the ideal partner for health care providers who need to move, manage, and protect this critical information."

GiantLoop Network offers a suite of services that help companies assess, design, test, implement, and manage their end-to-end data centre network infrastructure, which includes enterprise storage networks, public and private data transport networks, and data mirroring, replication, and backup applications. GiantLoop solutions enable companies to ensure business continuity and disaster recovery readiness, consolidate technology resources for increased efficiencies, and deploy new productivity-enhancing applications. GiantLoop is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, and has additional offices in the United States and the United Kingdom.


Leslie Versweyveld

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