Health care ATM network introduces telemedicine in the Middle East

Dubai 27 January 1998 The Hamad Hospital in Dubai has signed an agreement with both the Omnix Qatar Company and Fore Systems in order to organise the installation of a health care network based on Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) technology. This network will enable the hospital to take up a pioneering role in providing innovative telemedicine solutions throughout the whole of the region for many years to come.

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The Hamad Hospital in Dubai has signed an agreement with both the Omnix Qatar Company and Fore Systems in order to organise the installation of a health care network based on Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) technology. This network will enable the hospital to take up a pioneering role in providing innovative telemedicine solutions throughout the whole of the region for many years to come.

The revolutionary network architecture is the first to consist of a dual redundant-load sharing OC-12 high-speed ATM backbone with a 155 Mbps ATM to the desktop network. The hospital staff has the intention of serving three hundred physicians and over five hundred users with switched 10 Mbps to the desktop. Additionally, twenty three remote health care centres will be connected to the backbone. In the future, various other buildings will be integrated in the system through OC-3 links.

Once the network has been installed, a variety of health care applications will run over the system such as telemedical implementations, x-ray management, health related GIS high graphical as well as client/server applications. The transfer of bulk data files such as x-ray images to physicians at specialist clinics will be executed with the greatest ease since the Hamad Hospital can dispose of the necessary bandwidth, according to Khalid Ashraq, Regional Director of Fore Systems for the Middle East.

All health care institutions in the region are welcoming the telemedical network since they firmly believe that the system offers higher quality services and gives local doctors a chance to benefit from the wealth of medical expertise to be discovered around the world. The advanced ATM technology is bound to help the Hamad Hospital reach unseen performance levels and an end to end enhanced productivity.


Leslie Versweyveld

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