By Business Wire, October 22, 2013, 10:18:00 AM EDT
Ethernet Network and Business Internet Services Allow Oncology
Practice to Connect 12 Locations Including an Administrative Office,
Clinics, Research Centers and a Data Center
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Comcast Business today announced that Utah Cancer Specialists (UCS),
Utah's largest community-based oncology practice, is using Comcast
Ethernet and Business Internet services to connect its 12 locations,
supporting the group's primary physicians and mid-level practitioners.
The network solution from Comcast Business allows UCS to quickly
transfer large, high-resolution radiology files crucial for patient care
and diagnosis, electronic medical records, faxes and billing information
between locations as well as to and from their centralized data center.
Utah Cancer Specialists has been providing care for patients suffering
from cancer for over 15 years, offering diverse expertise in medical
oncology, radiation oncology and hematology. The practice is committed
to treating patients' physical conditions, while also providing support
for their emotional and spiritual needs. The organization currently has
12 locations along the Wasatch Front including a data center and
administrative office, nine clinics and two large cancer centers. Each
day, 250-300 patients visit UCS's clinics for treatment, many of them
coming in multiple times per week.
Prior to working with Comcast Business, UCS depended on dedicated T1
lines from another provider, but found the cost and 1.5 Mbps of
bandwidth to be limiting as their needs expanded. By switching to
Comcast's Business Ethernet and Internet services, the organization
increased bandwidth and achieved significant cost-savings. With patients
able to get treatment at different locations, Comcast's wide area
network solution allows UCS to quickly transfer high-resolution
radiology files and patient records between locations so physicians
always have access to a patient's up-to-date diagnosis and treatment
information. In addition, the high-bandwidth connection to the UCS data
center allows backup and disaster recovery processes to be carried out
when needed instead of scheduled for off hours due to the limited
bandwidth. The faster Internet access also allows UCS to provide Wi-Fi
access for patients and family while they are in the waiting room.
"Our network not only supports our physicians and the treatment they
provide directly to patients, but also the behind-the-scenes work
necessary to ensure continuous business operations," said Ben Harkness,
information technology director for Utah Cancer Specialists. "And we not
only reduced our monthly costs, but the significant increase in
bandwidth also eliminated the daily IT headaches of trying to manage
around the limited speeds of our legacy T1 connections so we can focus
on new technology initiatives to improve the quality of care and provide
the best experience possible for our patients."
UCS currently uses a Comcast Ethernet Network Service to connect
multiple locations, including a 200 Mbps connection at their
administrative office, 70 Mbps connections at each of their cancer
centers and 15 Mbps connections at each clinic. UCS also has a Comcast
Business Internet line at their administrative office for Internet
"We've worked with a number of healthcare organizations like UCS where
the network is supporting their overall digital healthcare initiatives
and mission to improve patient care by streamlining operations,
improving reliability and providing access to rapidly-evolving
technologies that can aid in treatment," said Paul Merritt, director,
Comcast Business. "Our Ethernet services are ideal for supporting the
diverse ecosystem of healthcare locations - from hospitals and clinics
to offices, data centers and even a physician's home - so there is
consistent, reliable access to technology to improve patient care while
providing the flexibility and scalability to grow with the organization
as needs change."
About Utah Cancer Specialists
Utah Cancer Specialists is Utah's largest community-based oncology
practice, offering diverse expertise in oncology and hematology. UCS is
committed to helping patients deal with both physical and emotional
stress caused by their condition as well as to provide the resources
necessary to help each patient and those who care for them to understand
their diagnosis and make informed decisions about treatment options.
Utah Cancer Specialists is located at twelve locations along the Wasatch
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
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