Lowell General Hospital and Blue Ridge Networks Partner to Enhance Patient and Physician Services

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Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Services Securely Connects Facilities, Practices and Staff to Hospital's Health Information Network

In today's economic downturn, most companies are looking for ways to cut costs without compromising security and reliability. SVES provides cost reductions, as well as simplicity in managing and growing networks, all while maintaining compliance with industry data security standards such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS

Blue Ridge Networks and Lowell General Hospital announced today the successful deployment of Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Services to provide site-to-site connectivity and secure remote access throughout the hospital's health information network. The managed network service allows LGH to quickly and cost-effectively connect physician offices, clinics and remote medical staff enabling the delivery of new and enhanced services to doctors and patients alike.

Lowell General Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Greater Lowell, Massachusetts area. LGH is the area's most trusted hospital, with 217 licensed beds, 28 bassinets, a 10 bassinet Level IIb Special Care Nursery, 2 satellite locations and medical staff requiring location-independent access to the hospital's healthcare IT resources.

"The Blue Ridge Networks managed service gives me the ability to easily, and most importantly, securely connect a hospital facility, third-party service provider, or remote user, such as a radiologist, to our network in less than a day," said John Goodrow, CIO at Lowell General Hospital. "Without increasing my IT staff's workload, I can deliver wider access to our IT systems enabling expanded patient and physician services, as well as provide a secure network infrastructure to support the hospital's growth."

Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Services is a comprehensive secure communications service delivering virtual private network connectivity to remote branches, offices and workers over wired, wireless and satellite networks. The service combines end-to-end coordinated ordering, 24x7x365 end-user help desk, and provisioning with a pro-active trouble alert and maintenance system.

Consisting of a BorderGuardTM hub appliance and RemoteLinkTM distributed appliances, the network acts like an Ethernet extension cord and is 100% compatible with all Ethernet based equipment, including PCs, Laptops, Routers, VoIP phones, and healthcare equipment such as PACS. The service operates over any commercially available network that delivers DSL, Cable modem or T1 connections.

"Blue Ridge Networks is committed to providing the network connectivity and management that LGH requires to deliver expanded services to their patients and physicians," said Mike Fumai, CEO of Blue Ridge Networks. "Modern healthcare IT systems rely on secure network connectivity and we are pleased that Lowell General Hospital has placed their confidence in our solution."

With its selection of Blue Ridge Networks, LGH chose a company with a proven record of delivering solutions to security-conscious commercial and government organizations. Only the BorderGuard family of products is immune to all known active and passive attacks, VPN device identity spoofing, man-in-the-middle attacks, protocol attacks, and insider threats. Blue Ridge Networks solutions are also compliant with numerous industry security standards such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS.

"In today's economic downturn, most companies are looking for ways to cut costs without compromising security and reliability. SVES provides cost reductions, as well as simplicity in managing and growing networks, all while maintaining compliance with industry data security standards such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS," concluded Fumai.

Read the case study: Lowell General Hospital Optimizes Service Delivery with Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Services

About Blue Ridge Networks
For over 12 years Blue Ridge Networks has helped commercial and government customers securely connect and conduct business over the most secure and cost-effective networks in the world. Our solutions have consistently enabled increased application performance and endpoint security, supported network scalability, simplified management, and reduced the total cost of doing business. Blue Ridge Networks solutions represent high standards of security as evidenced by numerous government certifications and compliance with key industry security standards.

More information about our products and managed services can be found by visiting http://www.blueridgenetworks.com.

Media Contact:
Mike Fumai, CEO
Blue Ridge Networks
(703) 631-0702
mfumai @ blueridgenetworks.com

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