North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System to implement broadband multi-service network

Irving 23 July 2002NEC Business Network Solutions Inc., a systems integrator and NEC America's direct sales and service organisation, has successfully completed deployment of a broadband, multi-service network at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. The newly installed network converges voice, data and video platforms to facilitate multi-media applications. The multi-million dollar project connects 40 sites, including all 18 North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals, allowing for seamless communication and data transfer over one common platform.


A recipient of the prestigious Ernest A. Codman Award for Network Excellence by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the New York based health system fulfils its mission to set "new standards in health care" by offering high-quality, affordable health care to more than five million people on Long Island, Queens and Staten Island. To help maintain its leadership position, North Shore-LIJ recognised the need to replace its current infrastructure with a single platform combined with state-of-the-art integrated technologies.

North Shore-LIJ Health System's CIO, Rick Carney commented: "This new infrastructure helps us solve the challenge of providing timely and reliable access to critical patient information. It also serves as the foundation from which advanced clinical applications such as telemedicine can be built upon. We like to say that our new infrastructure puts the I into the integrated delivery system. The assistance provided by NEC BNS, Cisco, and Cablevision Lightpath, helped us meet our objectives quickly and cost-effectively."

To achieve this transformation, NEC BNS, partnering with Cisco Systems and Cablevision's Lightpath, designed a converged solution using IP trunking through NEC's NEAX 2400 IPX and NEAX 2000 PBXs, Cisco routers and Cisco video sessions. This will provide North Shore-LIJ with information on demand, a solid infrastructure, streamlined network administration, maintained transparency use, a normalised communication path and effective cost savings by lowering maintenance and operational cost, giving the health care network a cost-effective network and improved applications for both employees and patients.

"NEC BNS was selected based on their ability to provide an experienced, one-stop, single-point vendor that excels in the area of systems integration. They provide a reliable communication infrastructure, top-notch project management, unheralded PBX expertise and the ability to stay within budget and on time. Their combined effort and co-ordination with Cisco and Lightpath has resulted in a very smooth conversion, with the new system being fully operational by the end of June. Our new infrastructure will provide the groundwork for achieving our business objectives, while providing a significant cost savings", stated Dan Spinosa, Director of Telecommunications, North Shore-LIJ.

"With the implementation complete, we are now able to achieve some of the business objectives that we set out to accomplish", stated Rick Jerothe, Director of Enterprise Infrastructure, North Shore-LIJ. "Additionally, in using some advanced network technologies like Quality of Service (QOS), we have designed a network that we can proactively manage instead of simply reacting to problems."

NEC Business Network Solutions Inc. is a multi-services systems integrator and a $600 million enterprise, employing over 1200 experienced and dedicated employees in sales and service offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. NEC BNS provides end-to-end voice, data and video communication network solutions; and offers planning, designing, procurement, implementation, operational support, management and monitoring services enabling its customers to be more productive, competitive and profitable.

The North Shore-LIJ Health System provides care for people at all stages of illness and health at 18 hospitals, four long-term care facilities, three trauma centres, seven home health agencies and out-patient centres throughout Long Island, Queens and Staten Island. North Shore-LIJ facilities house more than 5670 beds, and are staffed by over 7000 physicians and 7000 nurses, part of a total workforce of more than 32.000, the largest on Long Island and seventh largest in New York City.

Leslie Versweyveld

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