Cox Business Connects Health Facilities with Advanced Data Solution
INTEGRIS Health Shares Patient Data, Health Care Applications Statewide
OKLAHOMA CITY – Cox Business announced today that it is providing expanded capacity for real-time information connections between INTEGRIS Health’s eight rural hospitals and its two large medical centers in Oklahoma City. These data connections ride over Cox’s robust network infrastructure and are part of the company’s comprehensive data network solution for Oklahoma’s largest not-for-profit health organization.
“These data connections support our remote facilities and provide access to critical patient data, resources and innovations in health care applications,” said John Delano, vice president and chief information officer, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical. ”Cox understands the immediacy of the patient care environment and the need for reliable networks to support it.”
The solution delivers robust network bandwidth to support telemedicine solutions such as remote video consultations, real-time information exchange, imaging and VoIP applications. The need for pre-term fetal monitoring is one specific application that drove the decision for the enhanced network.
“High-risk pregnant women should not drive hours to our comprehensive medical centers in Oklahoma City, if they can receive the same assessment at their local hospital,” said Stan Hupfeld, CEO, INTEGRIS Health. “We are deeply committed to the communities we serve, and the advanced connectivity from Cox Business allows INTEGRIS to deliver local service that is safer and more convenient for patients.”
Each INTEGRIS Health facility subscribes to Cox Business data services that allow for high-speed Internet access and secure communication to the medical centers in Oklahoma City. The size of the network connection varies according to the specific needs of each location, with all major facilities equipped with 45 Mbps dedicated connections.
The comprehensive Cox Business data network solution powering INTEGRIS follows more than a decade of Cox data and video services in various INTEGRIS facilities, delivered via dedicated fiber connections and hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) cable that are part of Cox’s robust communications network infrastructure. Cox fiber transport delivers high-speed, dedicated Internet access to local area networks at all employee locations. Smaller clinics utilize 10 Mbps connections, while buildings with dense employee populations are supported with 100 Mbps.
“In health care, fast and reliable connectivity is paramount,” said Allen Roberts, vice president, Cox Business Oklahoma. “Cox Business works closely with our customers to deliver world-class, dependable communications services that enhance operational efficiency and, ultimately, help the health care provider improve patient care.”
INTEGRIS Health is Oklahoma’s largest not-for-profit health organization, with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, fitness centers, independent living centers and home health agencies throughout the state. The data network provided by Cox Business links INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City with rural hospitals in Blackwell, Clinton, Enid, Grove, Miami, Madill, Pryor and Seminole, smaller communities throughout the state.
Cox Business provides a full portfolio of voice, data and video services to nearly 250,000 business customers in Cox markets across the U.S., including small businesses, multi-location enterprises, regional health care providers and federal, state and local government organizations. Cox Business is the fourth largest Ethernet service providers in the U.S., according to Vertical Systems Group, and the only multiple system cable operator ranked in the top tier. Cox Business also leads all providers of small and midsize business data solutions in customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Major Provider Business Telecommunications StudySM. Cox is currently the seventh largest voice service provider in the U.S., and provides nearly 570,000 phone lines to business customers.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network. Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com.
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