Ciena Corporation (ticker: CIEN, exchange: NASDAQ Global Select Market (.O))
News Release -
Ciena Joins Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as Adoption of its Adaptive WAN Solution Accelerates
LINTHICUM, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2006--
Major healthcare organizations including UC Davis Medical Center,
Trinity Health (Novi, Mich.) and The Children's Hospital in Denver
turn to Ciena for scalable, reliable and secure networks
Ciena(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: CIEN), the network specialist, today
announced that it has become a member of the Healthcare Information
and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). With a steady increase in the
adoption of Ciena's Adaptive WAN solution among healthcare
organizations, including UC Davis Medical Center, Trinity Health
(Novi, Mich.) and The Children's Hospital in Denver, Ciena is creating
flexible wide area networks (WANs) to support a variety of
healthcare-related technology applications, including business
continuity, HIPAA compliance, remote storage extension and picture
archiving communication systems (PACS).
HIMSS is a membership organization focused exclusively on
providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information
technology and management systems for the betterment of human health.
As part of its new membership status, Ciena will be exhibiting in
booth #7205 at the HIMSS 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, February
12-15, 2006 in San Diego.
As the industry moves toward fully digital systems for clinical
care, administrative and financial transactions, public health,
professional education and healthcare/biomedical research, the volume
and sensitivity of data for backup or on-going operations is growing
and demand is increasing for time-sensitive access and backup to
larger pools of information over longer distances. This trend is
adding new pressures to these WAN environments, and healthcare
enterprises are finding that traditional storage and networking
technologies are not equipped with the necessary performance and
Leveraging more than 12 years of engineering Layer 1 and Layer 2
networking platforms, Ciena brings carrier-class expertise to
demanding healthcare environments with its Adaptive WAN solution, a
wide area network that optimizes and switches traffic at the lowest
possible layer to provide maximum throughput, flexibility, low latency
and applications transparency. As a network that is always available,
never drops packets and delivers deterministic response, Ciena's
Adaptive WAN moves healthcare organizations beyond overlapping,
single-application networks to a unified, scalable and
high-performance network that supports time-sensitive,
mission-critical applications and business processes.
"Ensuring real-time availability of patient data, which compounds
daily, and compliance with regulations such as HIPAA were key drivers
for building an optical network infrastructure versus storing and
backing up data locally," said Alejandro Lopez, storage manager of UC
Davis Medical Center. "With Ciena's networking technology, we have
increased our network capacity for continued growth and return on
investment, gained operational efficiencies through consolidation of
several storage platforms and applications onto one network, and
guaranteed security for our applications."
According to Albert Oriol, CISSP, Director of the IS Program
Office and Privacy & Data Security Officer at The Children's Hospital
in Denver, "With the deployment of the Electronic Medical Record
organization wide, The Children's Hospital needed an effective
disaster recovery solution that ensured availability of patient
information to clinicians in the event of a disaster. Ciena's
technology has enabled us to implement a remote failover architecture
between our primary and secondary data centers that provides us faster
recovery and a more cost-effective solution than traditional disaster
recovery approaches. Ciena's storage extension technology has also
been instrumental in building an infrastructure that will ensure we
will not see a significant service interruption in our clinical
systems while we relocate our primary data center from our current
campus to our new state of the art hospital in 2007." Instead of
having clusters at each site, The Children's Hospital in Denver is
using Ciena's CN 2000(R) Storage Extension Platform to split clusters
geographically across the network.
"With hospitals and healthcare facilities in seven states, our
data centers reside in facilities that are hundreds of miles apart.
Ciena's CN 2000 and ON-Center network management platform allow us to
run multiple applications across more than 200 miles without suffering
any of the usual pitfalls - network downtime, lost data or limited
accessibility to patient information," said Bill Strutton of Trinity
Health, based in Novi, Mich. As part of its disaster recovery
initiative, Trinity Health is using Ciena's CN 2000 and ON-Center(R)
Network Management Suite for storage, network and mainframe extension
between data centers.
Several platforms in Ciena's Adaptive WAN solution, including the
CN 4200(TM) FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform, the award-winning
CN 2000 Storage Extension Platform, and ONLINE Metro(TM) Multiservice
DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) platform, have earned
qualification from major data storage specialists including IBM(R),
EMC(R), Hewlett-Packard(R), Hitachi(R), McDATA(TM) and Brocade(R).
"Healthcare organizations are ideal for our Adaptive WAN solution
given their high volume of time-sensitive communications that require
secure and reliable transmission between multiple sites and across
long distances," said Tom Mock, vice president of strategic planning
at Ciena. "By joining HIMSS, we can work more closely with this
industry to enhance interconnection among healthcare groups to improve
patient care and clinical outcomes, help reduce malpractice risk,
lower costs for insurance providers while increasing operational
efficiency and better enabling regulatory compliance."
Ciena Corporation is the network specialist, focused on expanding
the possibilities for its customers' networks while reducing their
cost of ownership. The company's systems, software and services target
and cure specific network pain points so that telcos, cable operators,
governments and enterprises can best exploit the new applications that
are driving their businesses forward. For more information, visit
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