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February 23, 2012

Navos Invests In Comcast's Secure, High-Speed Ethernet Connection for Faster, More Efficient Patient Care



By Madhubanti Rudra
TMCnet Contributor



The Comcast (News - Alert) Corporation announced that a Seattle-based mental health facility called Navos has upgraded its network infrastructure with Comcast Business Class Ethernet Service. The investment will enable Navos to enhance communications and improve patient care in its new 53,000 square foot outpatient campus, which was opened in 2011.

Navos plans to connect more facilities with Comcast in the future, officials revealed in a press release.

Launched in 2011, the Comcast Business Class Ethernet suite offers high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Metro Ethernet services with the capacity to deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, business continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Comcast Metro Ethernet services are capable of providing scalable bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in more than 20 major US markets.

Comcast’s Ethernet Private Line service, which it claims is significantly faster than standard T1 lines and other legacy technologies, replaces the organization’s existing T1 connection. According to an evaluation by the IT department of the hospital, the existing service was insufficient for meeting the hospital’s increasing bandwidth demands. After researching other options, Navos selected Comcast’s Ethernet Private Line service. With higher bandwidth and a faster connection delivered by Comcast’s Ethernet Private Line service, the hospital expects to be able to offer timely and more efficient patient care.

The new Ethernet connection enables the healthcare staff to quickly access electronic patient records, conduct fast file transfers of critical medical data and gather the mental health information needed from government, university and private institution websites without delays.

By enabling video conferencing, Comcast also helped the hospital save on its travel budget. Thanks to Comcast Ethernet service, Navos staff members no longer need to drive from campus to campus for training, saving each person time, money and energy.

With Comcast Ethernet service, data back-up process has also become faster. The backup process now takes only 12 hours to complete, the Navos officials said.

 “If we had stayed with T1, the throughput would have been 10 percent of what we get with Comcast and I would have paid more each month. Now, we save thousands of dollars a year and get a connection that is 10 times faster. Plus, our staff can access and update patients’ records in minutes, which improves productivity and boosts patient care. In fact, I am so satisfied with Comcast that we plan to add a second connection to another campus, and I look forward to additional opportunities for growth and staff efficiency in the future,” Navos’ Information Systems Manager Jeff Coleman explained in a statement.

Earlier this week, Comcast announced the launch of Xfinity Streampix, a new subscription video service that enables Xfinity video customers to instantly view favorite movies and TV shows in and out of the home, including numerous past seasons of current hit shows and full series, to multiple screens and devices including TVs (as a subscription On Demand folder), online platforms and mobile devices.

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Edited by Rich Steeves
 
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