Optimum Lightpath(SM), a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today announced that Next Generation Radiology, a provider of diagnostic radiology services, selected Optimum Lightpath as its telecommunications provider.
The switch to Optimum Lightpath enabled Next Generation Radiology to double its bandwidth, enabling it to offer its patients advanced healthcare services while saving $20,000 per year.
Enabling Faster Services, Easy Billing and National Reach, For Less
Next Generation Radiology needed to simplify business processes and improve patient care efficiencies while adding the bandwidth necessary to power its national medical university network. The company replaced three T1s at each of its four locations in Long Island, New York, and its 1.5-Mbps Internet access line, with one Optimum Lightpath Internet and voice connection and one Optimum Lightpath Intranet connection at each site. As a result, Next Generation Radiology doubled its bandwidth, allowing it to host multiple Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that enable consultations with leading experts from the nation's best medical universities and the freedom to have referring physicians with their own modalities send images to Next Generation for quick and timely reads by Next Generation's renowned group of radiologists.
Connecting the Nation's Leading Experts to Patients
Today, images taken by Next Generation Radiology can be rapidly sent over its network to radiologists with subspecialty expertise in any of its offices, as well as, world-renowned specialists, yielding real-time opinions from the nation's best medical universities. The practice provides second opinions on select CT and MR studies at no additional cost to patients, using the latest sophisticated imaging hardware and software, including open and closed-bore high-field MRI. Next Generation Radiology also uses PET/CT fusion imaging to detect, stage, and monitor cancer treatment.
"Before Optimum Lightpath, it was impossible to connect to our national network of experts. Hosting multiple VPNs over T1 lines would have resulted in multiple failures," said Frank Robbins, IT Administrator for Next Generation Radiology. "By switching to Optimum Lightpath we did away with multiple T1s, load balancing, outages and time outs. Now I have one, easy-to-manage monthly bill and one voice/data network that connects our sites with tremendously low latency. I love our system; the phones are reliable, and between phones, Internet and intranet, the costs are less now with Optimum Lightpath. If I wanted the same bandwidth I have with Optimum Lightpath, I'd have to provision seven T1s per site - a load balancing challenge."
Advancing Healthcare Services With Local Human Touch
In response to the challenge of offering the best care in a cost and time efficient manner, Next Generation Radiology aims to use the latest advances in patient imaging and network technology, with a laser focus on patient care. Most recently, the practice needed to triple the bandwidth at its Great Neck, New York location, and was able to do so with Optimum Lightpath at no additional cost.
"Our goal is to be best in patient care by delivering rapid diagnoses that leverage our alliances with the nation's top university radiologists," said Dr. David Katz, Founder of Next Generation Radiology. "Optimum Lightpath has been a true service provider in every sense. In a tough healthcare environment riddled with cutbacks on payments for tests and exams, the increased value and cost savings we have realized from the Optimum Lightpath relationship is priceless."
"We are proud to have Next Generation Radiology as part of our growing community of smart healthcare facilities in the New York Metropolitan area," said Dave Pistacchio, President of Optimum Lightpath. "As our smart healthcare facilities continue to deploy fiber-to-their-business and more efficient voice, data, Internet and video technologies, they join the area's most sophisticated businesses, and the Optimum Lightpath smart community."
Optimum Lightpath has selected Next Generation Radiology for its Customer Spotlight of the Month for November 2009.