Nortel, Verizon Deliver Healthcare Solutions to Leading Providers

DALLAS - Montefiore Medical Center of New York City and Cambridge Health Alliance of Boston, two of the largest and most widely recognized health care systems in the United States, have deployed communications solutions from Nortel [NYSE/TSX: NT] and Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group to help provide superior patient care and reduce costs.

The Cambridge Health Alliance communications network uses an optical Ethernet service from Verizon in conjunction with the Nortel Optical Metro 3500 multi-service platform. Montefiore Medical Center's network uses an optical service from Verizon that uses the Nortel's Optical Metro 5000.

These solutions have given both health care providers the increased network speed and capacity necessary to support such advanced patient care technologies as the Picture Archive Communications System (PACS), which provides computerized management and distribution of X-rays, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and other diagnostic images.

With PACS and other advanced applications, Montefiore Medical Center and Cambridge Health Alliance can make diagnostic imagery and other patient files immediately available regardless of location, improving patient care and maximizing the efficiency of such critical resources as radiology personnel. In addition, both health care providers now have the ability to converge voice and data traffic for greater efficiency and lower costs, along with greater network flexibility to address current and future communications needs.

"To take advantage of new healthcare applications like PACS, we need a network that is fast and efficient," said Robert Lewis, director of networks and telecom and chief information security officer, Cambridge Health Alliance. "With the Verizon-managed Nortel health care communications solution, we can now use the bandwidth available to us in more flexible increments, as opposed to increasing capacity with costly leased lines. Nortel and Verizon are helping us to maximize our network resources and to expand them as needed in the future."

"Emerging technologies and applications are driving advancements in health care and improving overall patient care," said Brian Hoch, director of computing resources, Montefiore Medical Center. "By implementing services from Verizon and Nortel, we are confident our network can support currently available and new therapeutic and diagnostic methods while providing the resiliency and security to ensure that our mission-critical patient files and medical information are always available."

These two new health care network deployments were announced at the 2005 Annual Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition being held February 13-17 at the Dallas Convention Center. More than 15,000 healthcare organizations in the United States and Canada rely on Nortel solutions.

Extending its commitment to delivering advanced technologies for the healthcare market, Nortel also announced at HIMSS 2005 the development of an innovative technology called Dynamic Resource Allocation Controller (DRAC), which is designed to improve the flow of PACS digital images. With DRAC, high priority, time-sensitive, applications and files can be flagged to receive increased bandwidth at the time of data transfer ensuring real-time access to critical radiology images by health care workers.

"We work with health care providers to improve service and enhance the patient experience while striving to exceed ongoing communications needs in an industry where service is of mission-critical importance," said Dan Young, vice president, Global Industry Solutions Marketing, Nortel. "There is no other industry where timely communications is more essential."

Nortel demonstrations at HIMSS 2005 (booth #s 143 and 6469) will include industry-leading mobility solutions for nurses, doctors and hospital administrators and business continuance, disaster recovery, and data storage and retention solutions for hospitals and remote clinics, as well as advanced radiology applications. Nortel will also offer presentations from customers who are already benefiting from Nortel healthcare communications solutions.

Health care-focused solutions from Nortel allow multiple networks to be consolidated onto a single communications infrastructure, resulting in improved network performance and positioning health care providers to drive significant savings, reduce operating costs and improve patient care. Nortel offers a range of enterprise, optical and wireless solutions designed specifically to meet the requirements of health care customers. These solutions include mobile healthcare applications, security, high-performance networking, business continuity and disaster recovery, IP (Internet Protocol) telephony, multimedia collaboration, contact centers and self-service applications.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group is one of the leading providers of basic and advanced communications products and services to large business, government and education customers in the United States with a complete range of voice, video, data and IP-related services. Verizon Select Services, Inc. provides long-distance service for ESG. For more information about VZ ESG's integrated network solutions, visit www.verizon.com/enterprisesolutions.

Verizon Communications Inc.

With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon has a diverse work force of more than 210,000 in four business units: Domestic Telecom serves customers based in 29 states with wireline telecommunications services, including broadband, nationwide long-distance and other services. Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers across the United States. Information Services operates directory publishing businesses and provides electronic commerce services. International includes wireline and wireless operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world's most critical information. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the world's greatest challenges. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.

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