At this year's Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC'99), Fore Systems, a major supplier of advanced networking solutions, was invited to demonstrate an impressive series of leading-edge health care applications over a high-performance network. For the fourth time in row, the Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) specialist was offered the opportunity to deliver the core of the high-speed ACC communications network. In this way, over 400 exhibitors were able to showcase the newest applications in cardiovascular medicine to over 30.000 attendees from 7 to 10 March 1999.
Among the latest technologies which were highlighted, the participants could witness how ATM technology makes cutting-edge networked applications run over a high-performance, multi-service network. Fore provides a robust and resilient network that optimizes the performance of the most demanding and advanced networked applications. ACC's meeting network constitutes a fully redundant, fault tolerant OC-12 ATM backbone, operating at a speed of 622 Mbps. It is able to combine the high performance with the Quality of Service (QoS), which are required by the present day advanced medical imaging and other mission-critical telemedicine, clinical and business applications.
The ACCnet is capable of integrating voice, video and data, by means of the ForeRunner ATM switches and adapters, the ES-3810 Ethernet switches and StreamRunner ATM video products. As such, the network allowed to link the multiple sites in the convention centre, including the Media Newsroom, ACC Exhibit, the global resource centre, the exhibitor lounge, and the ACC staff offices. The ACC Exhibit area supported a huge variety of telemedicine applications, which illustrated how evolving information technology can help improve patient care and enhance efficiency.
The 45 available PC and Macintosh computers each were equipped with a dedicated 10 Mbps Ethernet connection to the show network and high-speed Internet access via a 45 Mbps link. The ACC'99 site in New Orleans was also connected to the ACC network, situated at Heart House, Bethesda, Maryland via a powerful T1 link. The Bethesda network is vital to meeting production and on-site logistics since the Information Technology & Services department mirrors many critical applications and functions during the Annual Meeting. A Novell Netware server, located in Bethesda, offers access to several logistic applications and data, such as the ACC document management system.
The high-performance network, installed at ACC'99, permitted to showcase all the technological advances, which are bound to optimize the ability of the health care professionals to deliver a future high quality level of patient care. At the ACC'99 event, it was clearly proven that the Fore ATM network is able to provide dramatic strategic and economic advantages to health care related organizations. The advanced networking solutions allow physicians to share data-intensive medical applications in real-time over a single, reliable multi-service network, among departments in a hospital, across a medical campus, or among health care facilities all over the world.