October 22, 2008 02:01 ET

Jan Yperman Hospital Enhances Care with Healthcare Solution from Nortel

Raises Efficiency, Manages Costs Using High-Speed Ethernet Backbone

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2008) - Jan Yperman Hospital, one of Belgium's busiest, most capable and respected healthcare facilities, has enhanced quality of care while managing costs with the aid of a healthcare communications solution from Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT).

This solution, built on Nortel's Unified Communications-ready infrastructure, provides faster, more efficient diagnosis and treatment of more than 30,000 patients annually. This is facilitated by a 10G Ethernet backbone with Nortel Split Multi-Link Trunking technology that connects three locations in the region of Ieper-Poperinge, Belgium to function as a single campus with no single point-of-failure.

Jan Yperman Hospital calculates that it has increased productivity up to 99.99 percent by keeping database-related applications online and available even in the event of a lost connection. This includes SAP business software for all financial and accounting policy information and an application from Infohos for analytical monitoring of pharmacy policy and medication pricing analysis.

The hospital also expects to reduce maintenance costs up to 50 percent by allowing IT staff to perform network maintenance during normal working hours.

Nortel's healthcare solution helps save Jan Yperman Hospital physicians precious seconds in administering treatment with a wireless LAN that helps locate physicians and staff using a location-based services application.

In addition, the Nortel wireless LAN allows clinical systems to transmit test results, alarms, alerts and other information directly to notebooks, PDAs and VoWLAN handsets. These and other networked devices can also be used for highly secure, 'on-demand' access to vital patient information such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds and medical histories. The time saved with on-demand information and 'push' alerts allows more time to deal with more patients.

"We are able to cope speedily and effectively with large numbers of patients because Nortel's network technology and services give us the performance necessary for everything from sharing and archiving of diagnostic imaging to personalized patient services," said Francky Deleu, manager, information and communication technology, Jan Yperman Hospital. "Our staff noticed a dramatic improvement almost immediately. They can do their jobs more quickly and efficiently with more time to focus on attending to patient needs."

"Jan Yperman Hospital understands that its network is more than just technology - it's a medical instrument, every bit as important in providing cost-effective, high-quality patient care as scalpels, IV pumps and heart monitors," said Dietmar Wendt, president, Global Services, Nortel. "We've provided them with a comprehensive solution that includes not only technology but also the services and support they need to keep their network performing at peak efficiency for maximum return on investment."

Nortel's solutions for Jan Yperman include core, backbone and desktop switches from the Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch portfolio for 10G backbone transport and 1-gigabit desktop connectivity; security switches and access points from the Nortel WLAN portfolio for nurse and clinician mobility; and Nortel's Collaborative Clinical Solution.

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