Integra’s Fiber Footprint Helps Oregon Health Network Support Patients and Providers throughout Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 5, 2012 – Integra Telecom Inc., a provider of fiber-based, business-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, has partnered with Oregon Health Network (OHN) to provide communications services and infrastructure for the first statewide integrated, coordinated and patient-centered healthcare network in Oregon. By leveraging Integra’s extensive fiber networks, OHN members across the state have access to costeffective, reliable voice services, high-bandwidth Ethernet and high-speed Internet.
As part of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Health Care Pilot Program (RHCPP), OHN was the fifth-largest recipient of funds to build a scalable, manageable and robust broadband infrastructure to connect hospitals, clinics and community colleges that deliver healthcare education throughout Oregon. OHN partnered with advanced network service providers such as Integra, which were selected via a rigorous RFP process to build out a statewide network. Integra was chosen as a key provider based on the ability to meet OHN’s strict service level agreements and its commitment to support OHN’s overall goals to:
- Improve patient experience and outcomes;
- Improve population health; and
- Reduce costs.
“OHN is committed to ensuring Oregonians have access to quality healthcare, regardless of their location, with network infrastructure and communications services that support healthcare delivery in a digital world,” said Kim Lamb, executive director of Oregon Health Network. “We’re pleased to have partners like Integra Telecom who understand the unique technology needs of healthcare providers and are willing to work closely with us in developing solutions to better serve our members and the communities they serve.”
From technical support to public policy, OHN strives to enable long-term stability and growth for Oregon’s healthcare system through improved health care coordination and access, education and workforce development. OHN’s network was designed to enable the most cost-effective, scalable and efficient connectivity options to more than 172 clinics, 39 hospitals and 14 community colleges throughout Oregon. As one of the top two FCC subsidized providers for OHN, Integra’s on-net locations, fiber density and bandwidth-intensive networking solutions support the vital, state-of-the-art health IT needs of OHN members such as: imaging, video conferencing, backup storage and recovery, and access to electronic healthcare records and mobile healthcare applications. Integra understands the unique business demands of the healthcare industry and was prepared to address the access and service quality needs for OHN’s members.
“The model OHN has chosen to use—a cloud-based healthcare network that enables fast, reliable connectivity throughout the state—is the future of healthcare communications,” said Joe Harding, senior vice president of marketing at Integra Telecom. “Integra’s collaboration with OHN demonstrates our commitment to both the healthcare industry and the state of Oregon. Integra is proud to partner with OHN to reduce healthcare costs, eliminate network duplication and positively impact Oregon’s economy.”
For more information about Integra’s partnership with OHN, Integra has published an in-depth case study.
As Oregon’s first statewide health care network or “highway,” Oregon Health Network is a 501(c) (3) membership-based organization, designed to support all health care/education providers who play a role in the delivering the next generation of coordinated, patient-centered care. Its mission is to provide all Oregonians, regardless of location, with access to quality health care. OHN currently serves more than 230 urban and rural hospitals, clinics, and community colleges across the state. For more information, visit www.oregonhealthnet.org.
About Integra Telecom
Integra is one of the largest facilities-based providers of communication and networking services in the western United States. We connect businesses of all sizes with advanced technology solutions in 35 metropolitan markets. Integra owns and operates an enterprise-class network consisting of a 5,000-mile long-haul fiber-optic network, 3,000 miles of metropolitan fiber and a nationwide IP/MPLS network. Our fiber connects directly to more than 2,000 commercial buildings and data centers. Through our expansive Ethernet-over-copper footprint, we can deliver high-bandwidth services to more than 400,000 businesses. At Integra, we understand our customers need reliable, secure and flexible solutions delivered with unmatched expertise and quality of service. For more information, visit www.integratelecom.com.
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