Comcast’s Ethernet services are connecting the recently-named Inspira Health Network, which combines South Jersey Healthcare and Underwood-Memorial Hospital. The healthcare provider is using the services to transfer high-resolution radiology images, internal office communications and documents, and electronic medical records (EMRs).
According to Comcast, the Ethernet network solution will “provide the necessary bandwidth to improve collaboration among physicians across multiple locations, while also paving the way for the healthcare organization to launch new online initiatives that will improve patient care for the local community.” The cable MSO’s Ethernet offerings include five 1Gbps Ethernet private line connections that run between 4 locations, 11 additional Ethernet private line connections with speeds of between 10 and 100 Mbps to link eight remote sites to Bridgeton Hospital and three remote patient facilities to Elmer Hospital. There are also six 6 Mbps Ethernet Private Line over Hybrid Fiber/Coax lines now connect two remote sites to Elmer Hospital and four to Woodbury.
“As we acquire new practices, having a technology partner that can provide us with reliable connectivity, high speeds, and vast network coverage will allow us to continue doing what we need to do as a premier health network,” said Thomas Pacek, vice president and chief information officer for Inspira Health Network. Inspira Health Network is currently using the Ethernet services as the basis for its Health Information Exchange, an online portal that allows physicians to access a variety of patient and office data, including hospital records, surgery center notes, home health diagnostics, internal files, and more. The organization is testing out a similar portal for its patients as well, which it expects to complete in the coming months.