Inland Northwest Health Services Selects PfN’s WirePower dVPN System for IPSec VPN Backup and Remote Access to Cisco Core Network

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PfN Technologies, Inc. has been selected by Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) of Spokane, WA to provide network technology for INHSÂ? multi-institution healthcare network. PfNÂ?s WirePowerÂ? dVPN will add redundant links and extended geographic reach to INHSÂ? state-of-the-art wide area network. WirePower dVPN, a highly automated, self-healing network operating system, was selected for its security, ease of management, compatibility with the existing network, and lower life cycle costs.

– PfN Technologies, Inc. has been selected by Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) of Spokane, WA to provide network technology for INHS’ multi-institution health care network. PfN’s WirePower™ dVPN will add redundant links and extended geographic reach to INHS’ state-of-the-art wide area network. WirePower dVPN, a highly automated, self-healing network operating system, was selected for its security, ease of management, compatibility with the existing network, and lower life cycle costs.

The WirePower solution complements INHS’ primary network, which runs over private lines on a Cisco Enhanced IGRP architecture. WirePower will be deployed in parallel to the private network and connected over the internet. If there is a disruption to the primary network, Cisco routers will redirect traffic to the WirePower backup and connections will reestablish automatically. A second application of WirePower dVPN will connect remote clinics and physician offices that are not served directly by the private network.

Says INHS/IRM Director, Daniel Engle, “Our mission at INHS is to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care by creating a network of care givers and clinical support services. We need a solution that complements our core network and gives us the ability to easily add remote sites, without driving support costs through the roof. WirePower will allow us to extend services currently available at our core facilities to several hundred physician offices throughout the region.”

INHS Network Named “Most Wired”

INHS operates one of the largest health information networks in the U.S. In 2003, based on a survey of more than 1,100 hospitals, seven INHS hospitals were named to the list of “100 Most Wired” hospitals and health systems in the country by Hospital and Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association. In collaboration with partner hospitals, INHS' Information Resource Management (IRM) has created a streamlined information network that securely stores records for approximately 2.4 million patients and extends to more then 30 regional facilities throughout the Inland Northwest.

PfN CEO, Harley Stowell noted the importance of the INHS endorsement: “We are thrilled to be selected by INHS. They are recognized leaders in the implementation of secure network technologies. There is no more important or more sensitive information than medical data. We built WirePower to address the kinds of challenges the INHS’ IRM staff face. We are grateful for the opportunity to support the growth, security, and reliability of their network”

About INHS

INHS is a non-profit corporation sponsored by Deaconess Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Spokane to find and implement collaborative health care opportunities. INHS companies also include St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, Community Health Education and Resources (CHER), Children's Miracle Network, Northwest TeleHealth and Northwest MedStar.

About PfN Technologies

PfN Technologies is a network systems company that has significantly simplified the process of provisioning IP services over wide area networks, regardless of the connection, device, or service provider. PfN Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Charlestown, MA.

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Email: jcoburn@pfn.com

Phone: (617) 886-9407

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