Sullivan County Memorial Hospital Chooses OpenDNS for Comprehensive Web Content Filtering

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Four Location Hospital Easily Blocks P2P File Sharing, Video Streaming Sites with OpenDNS

OpenDNS (http://OpenDNS.com), the world's largest and fastest-growing provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced Sullivan County Memorial Hospital has deployed OpenDNS's cloud-based recursive DNS service for Web content filtering. The Sullivan County Memorial Hospital (SCMH) oversees four locations, including a hospital and three area clinics that provide acute care, long-term care and ambulatory surgery in North Central Missouri.

Prior to deploying OpenDNS, the hospital's network was slow, due to abuse of bandwidth-heavy Web sites. SMCH IT Director Chad Smith was tasked with finding a solution that ensured P2P file sharing and video streaming Web sites would be blocked, but wouldn't hinder the ability of staff to access work-related sites. After looking at a variety of solutions, OpenDNS was chosen by SCMH, due to both its ease of use and cost advantage over other options. Video and P2P/File Sharing are two of the 57+ categories OpenDNS allows users to block as part of its industry-leading Web content filtering service.

Since OpenDNS is entirely managed online and account preference changes are deployed instantly through the cloud, it's simple for Smith to update settings for all four hospital locations at one time. "I am able to apply settings to all my networks from [a single computer]," Smith said, "and it is easy to customize for each location." This is in stark contrast to appliance-based solutions, which are notorious for complicated and time-consuming management requirements.

In addition to saving the SCMH staff time, and saving the Hospital valuable bandwidth on its network, using OpenDNS has saved it a significant amount of much-needed funds allocated for IT budget. Other solutions Smith looked at range between $3,000 and $10,000 in upfront costs alone. The hospital will save at least that much this year by choosing OpenDNS over other options.

At current, the hospital manages a network used by only staffers, but plans on offering Wi-Fi for patients in the coming months. When it does, Smith said that network will also be protected by OpenDNS.

"My experience with OpenDNS has been awesome," said Smith. "I would recommend, and have already recommended, it to my colleagues."

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is the world's leading provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Through DNS resolution, cloud-based Web content filtering and security services, OpenDNS empowers millions of households, schools and businesses to control how users navigate the Internet on their network, while dramatically increasing the network's overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com

About Sullivan County Memorial Hospital
Sullivan County Memorial Hospital (SCMH) is a not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital located in rural north central Missouri in the county seat of Milan. The hospital was established in 1953 by the taxpayers and has remained the only acute care facility in Sullivan County. In the spring of 2003, the hospital, staff and community celebrated fifty years of continual service to the residents of Sullivan County; a fact that brings much pride to all associated with the hospital and proves the degree of support by the entire area.

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