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London hospitals transform radiology and imaging services with Cisco Medical-Grade Network

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph's Health Care (SJHC), have deployed a Cisco Medical-Grade Netw...

February 4, 2005  

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London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care (SJHC), have deployed a Cisco Medical-Grade Network to transform radiology and imaging services.

LHSC and SJHC are currently offering diagnostic imaging and radiology services across seven hospital facilities and three family medical centres in London, Ont.

Planning is underway to expand the reach of the e-radiology services to an additional 41 community and rural hospitals across southwestern Ontario that are members of the Videocare telemedicine project.

The London hospitals are also leveraging its Medical-Grade Network to deploy Cisco IP Communications and wireless products.

The Cisco e-Radiology solution, a component of the Medical-Grade Network, enables images to be stored and accessed online to provide real-time, anywhere access to patient images.

By converging data, images and voice onto a single infrastructure, implementation and management costs are reduced, reliability and availability are improved and real-time access to patient images is available for faster diagnosis and treatment.

“Having a Medical-Grade Network is absolutely essential to sharing information across a large number of facilities, securely and reliably,” said Diane Beattie, integrated vice president of health information and CIO for the London hospitals.

London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care are using IP-based technology to drive new services and applications that are improving patient care, organizational efficiency and employee productivity, said Brantz Myers, director of enterprise marketing at Cisco Systems Canada Co.

The hospitals’ system’s network is based on optical, routing, switching, security and IP communications technology from Cisco.