Grady Health System Delivers Digital Healthcare with Comcast Business Ethernet

  Grady Health System Delivers Digital Healthcare with Comcast Business

 Georgia’s Largest Hospital Connects 17 Sites and Supports Electronic Medical
   Records, Digital Medical Imaging and Telemedicine with Comcast Ethernet
               Network Service and Ethernet Dedicated Internet

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- June 25, 2013

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, the nation's largest video,
high-speed Internet and phone provider to business and residential customers,
today announced that Grady Health System, one of the largest public health
systems in the U.S., has selected Comcast Business Ethernet to deliver
technology-based healthcare initiatives that improve patient care and boost
efficiency for medical and administrative staff across all of its facilities.

The Grady Health System includes Grady Memorial Hospital – the largest
hospital in Georgia – licensed for 953 beds. The hospital opened in 1892 and
is well known throughout the region – it is the premier level 1 trauma center
in the Metro Atlanta area. In addition, the health system operates six
neighborhood health centers, an outpatient pharmacy, Crestview Health &
Rehabilitation Center, and Grady EMS, the 911 ambulance service for the city
of Atlanta, responding to more than 100,000 calls each year.

High-performance Ethernet from Comcast Business is providing network capacity
for Grady’s remote offices to use Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Picture
Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and telemedicine programs for its
patients. These programs enable real-time transfer of digital medical records
and high-resolution radiology files, improving the speed of diagnosis and
information sharing to enhance patient care. Comcast Ethernet Network Service
provides 300 Megabits per second (Mbps) of performance to Grady’s data centers
and 50 Mbps connections to 15 other remote sites to enhance connectivity
between facilities. Grady also has an Ethernet Dedicated Internet line that
provides a 100 Mbps connection to the Internet over the national Comcast

“Comcast Business Ethernet gives us five times the bandwidth at less than the
cost of our previous provider, and they helped us to simplify our network
infrastructure while streamlining the support services associated with change
control, and the other administrative functions, which is important in an
organization this large,” said Kevin Yearick, director of network services at
Grady Health System. “The implementation process was simple because Comcast
provides fiber connections right to all of our buildings, so we can connect 17
different sites and utilize the benefits of EMR and PACS throughout all of our

EMR and PACS are important technologies that are becoming more widely used in
healthcare. According to a recent report from Kalorama Information, more than
70% of physicians have used EMR, up from only 26% in 2006. In addition,
Grady’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center uses a regional PACS system to
work closely with facilities in surrounding counties, allowing patients’
digital radiology files to be sent remotely for diagnosis by leading
specialists to see if the patient should be admitted to the Marcus Center.
This can reduce or eliminate long trips into Atlanta for patient visits, and
expands access to specialists for those in remote areas, facilitating faster

“Grady Health System is well-recognized throughout Georgia for its trauma
center and other innovative programs, and needed a high-performance Wide Area
Network to support the many healthcare technology systems that it uses at
remote facilities, including EMR and PACS,” said Bob Deckard, regional vice
president at Comcast Business. “These innovative technologies can improve the
speed and quality of patient care, and Comcast Business Ethernet enables Grady
to deliver them throughout the greater Atlanta area in real-time.”

Previously, Grady had sourced a number of services from different providers,
which made network management, maintenance and billing more complex. By
consolidating video and data services into a single relationship with Comcast
through Comcast Business TV and Ethernet services, Grady is upgrading its
infrastructure and can more easily manage and grow its network operations over
time. In the future, Grady intends to introduce educational content to the
patient room television as well as waiting areas.

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication
solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives.
Through a modern, advanced network that is backed by 24/7 technical support,
Comcast delivers Business Internet, TV and Voice services for cost-effective,
simplified communications management.

The Comcast Business Ethernet suite offers high-performance point-to-point and
multi-point Ethernet services with the capacity to deliver cloud computing,
software-as-a-service, business continuity/disaster recovery and other
bandwidth-intensive applications. Comcast Ethernet services are significantly
faster than standard T1 lines and other legacy technologies, providing
scalable bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in more
than 20 major US markets.

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provider to businesses and residential customers. Comcast has invested in
technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest
broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and
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