Friday, January 06, 2012

EarthLink Offers Healthcare IT Resources

Healthcare automation is seen as a major cost reduction opportunity for doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Not all healthcare providers have the IT resources to modernize their operations to take advantage of new technology. They may even find it difficult to meet privacy regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). This is where a major network services provider like EarthLink Business can fill the void. As an example, check out this video on how EarthLink meets the needs of Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Like many healthcare facilities and other businesses, Monadnock has multiple connectivity requirements. In addition to the primary location with over 700 employees, there are four other satellite locations. They need both voice and data solutions.

In this case, the telephone system is powered by multiple PRI trunk lines, the satellite facilities are linked through an MPLS network and broadband Internet access is provided by a partial DS3 line.

EarthLink has a comprehensive portfolio of services that include basics, such as ISDN PRI telephone trunk lines and Internet access with speeds that range from 1.5 Mbps (T1 line) on up to 100 Mbps. Bonded T1 lines will take you from 1.5 to 12 Mbps. T3/DS3 covers the range of 15 to 45 Mbps and Ethernet offers speeds that range from 3 Mbps on up to 100 Mbps.

MPLS networks are proving ideal for linking multiple business locations. The Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology is designed to transport whatever protocol you are using from point to point or in a meshed multipoint arrangement. MPLS networks offer high bandwidth, low latency, and low jitter & packet loss characteristics. Unlike proprietary networks that you construct yourself using dedicated point to point lines, MPLS lets you quickly and easily add locations to your network. Best of all, the cost is considerably more attractive than alternative solutions.

Locations with their own in-house PBX phone systems have traditionally used analog business lines when only a few are needed and ISDN PRI digital trunks for a dozen or more outside lines. ISDN PRI is a cost saver for multiple line phone services and still the mainstay of business telephone systems. A newer technology that is providing a competitive solution is SIP Trunking. This is an IP transport technology that is most often associated with enterprise VoIP telephony. SIP trunks can be used with PBX, IP PBX and hosted PBX. Hosted solutions are becoming more popular because the burden of maintaining the switching hardware is handled by the service provider. As a user, you pay the by seat per month for your usage. You can also quickly and easily add phones to your system. Some providers even include new phones with their service plans.

Does your hospital, medical center, doctor’s office or other business have a need for IT services? Would you be interested in looking at competitive quotes or alternative solutions, included cloud hosted solutions? Get network service options and pricing now, for large, medium and small operations.

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