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September 30, 2009

New Jersey Hospital Selects Optimum Lightpath for Enhanced Patient Services

By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor

Optimum Lightpath (News - Alert), a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation, reportedly has been selected as the telecommunications provider by the Holy Name Hospital from New Jersey. The hospital hopes to deploy Optimum’s solutions for enhancing patient and hospital efficiencies and cutting down the costs significantly.

The company provides Ethernet-based communication solutions in the New York metropolitan area, and will provide voice communications and Internet services solutions to the hospital, which will facilitate access to its online clinical information database, real-time registration for pandemic detection surveillance and patient insurance validation. Also, the solutions will help the hospital offer enhanced patient care at the hospital bedside, the doctor’s office and remotely from the home. These benefits will reportedly save the hospital around $50,000 an year.
According to Dave Pistacchio (News - Alert), President of Optimum Lightpath, Holy Name Hospital uses advanced communications technology to successfully transform the way it does business with its community.

He added that the IT department identified cost-savings for the finance team, helped make physicians’ lives easier, accommodated a flexible workplace for remote workers, and ultimately, delivered faster, better care to the patient community.

More than 70 percent of New York metropolitan area hospitals have joined Optimum Lightpath’s smart community, leveraging its voice, data, Internet and video technologies to vastly improve hospital operations and patient care, according to Pistacchio.
Utilizing Optimum Lightpath’s support, Holy Name Hospital has increased its bandwidth from a 3MB connection to a 100MB connection, adding much more capacity, speed and reliability for significantly less costs, said Mike Skvarenina, AVP of Information Systems at Holy Name Hospital.
He noted that in a competitive environment, the patients demand the fastest and most advanced services, while the physicians need access to reports and images in seconds, not minutes. That’s what made the hospital switch to Optimum Lightpath.
In June, Optimum Lightpath had launched the first ever High-Definition Voice Service for mid-sized and large businesses. It was introduced as a part of company’s Hosted Voice Service, and end-to-end voice and internet service.
Later, in the month of August, the company introduced Ethernet based Virtual Private Ring Service, or VPRS, which is a low latency service and was offered in 500 megabit, 1,000 megabit and 10 gigabit variants. The service had been introduced as a convenient and cost effective voice solution for the companies which have three or more locations, and need all the locations to keep in regular touch mutually at lower costs.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan