The largest privately owned private hospital network in Australia, Healthe, is implementing a global voice and data network to link its sites throughout the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the United States.
Healthe, which has nine hospitals in Australia and is headquartered in Singapore, has inked a three year contract with Verizon Business for a fully managed private IP network, data centre colocation and managed security services.
By consolidating its network operations with one provider, Healthe is aiming to improve network performance and develop a platform for future business applications and advanced IP communication tools.
In Australia, Healthe has three occupational health and rehabilitation consultancie, state-of-the-art sports performance database systems, and an online health and wellness portal.
Healthe CIO, Alan Payne, said to support its expanding operations, the health provider needed a colocation partner that could also provide global network infrastructure and fully managed services.
After an extensive evaluation, Payne said Verizon Business was selected because of its strengths in providing secure and private network infrastructure, which is critical when maintaining health records.
"A secure and reliable health care-centric network infrastructure is absolutely critical for us as we continue to link multiple health care applications around the world," he said.
Under the deal, Payne said its systems can be scaled to support more than one million users.
"With Verizon Business managing the network we can focus on our customers rather than on building a network. It means we have a world-class network and the people with the right expertise to meet our operational requirements."
Verizon Business regional vice president for the Asia Pacific, Andrew Dobbins, said organisations today need a robust infrastructure that can easily scale to meet their ongoing business needs.
"It should also be backed up with stringent network service level agreements (SLAs)," he added.