PARIS, Oct. 30 The long-term, USD 277 million agreementannounced in November of 2006 between Alcatel-Lucent(Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center(UPMC) is progressing on schedule, as Alcatel-Lucent hits key milestones.
To date, UPMC's data center expansion projects are well underway; theoptical and IP/MPLS metro backbone will be carrying live applications at thebeginning of December; and the North American headquarters project for U.S.Steel Tower has been launched. In addition to moving forward within the scopeof the original contract, Alcatel-Lucent, in conjunction with its new value-added reseller Johnson Controls, has been awarded an additional USD 11.8million contract for a voice and data wireless infrastructure project at thenew Lawrenceville campus for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
"A complete transformation of voice, data and video networking on wired,wireless and optical infrastructures is a significant undertaking," commentedMark Gilbert, industry analyst with Gartner. "A transformation of this typecan demonstrate the real impact communications can have in the advancement ofhealth care delivery."
In preparation for significant growth, two UPMC data centers have beenenlarged by over 3,000 square feet. Alcatel-Lucent is currently working withclinical and data center administrative system managers to design a multiplecampus WLAN for mobile users, and with a variety of third party manufacturersto provide patient monitoring, nursing management systems, and other criticalapplications.
The Alcatel-Lucent optical and IP/MPLS metro backbone, on schedule forcompletion in December, will provide UPMC with a foundation over which healthcare providers, administrators, vendors and patients can communicate throughvarious means with unparalleled security, speed, and reliability, improvingboth business efficiency and the quality of patient care.
Work began in September on the installation of voice, video, and datainfrastructure in the U.S. Steel building in Pittsburgh, PA, which will housethe executive headquarters of UPMC.
"With UPMC, Alcatel-Lucent is designing, installing, and implementing acommunications model that merges state-of-the-art technology with a clearfocus on user needs," said Hubert de Pesquidoux, President of Alcatel-Lucent'sEnterprise activities. "Beyond physical infrastructure, our companies arebuilding a relationship to develop new technologies and applications that willimprove not only the healthcare industry, but patient care as well."
"UPMC and Alcatel-Lucent have begun combining world class healthcare andtechnology expertise to deliver the innovative technologies necessary tocreate unbound healthcare," added Dan Drawbaugh, Chief Information Officer,UPMC. "Over the next two years, UPMC and Alcatel-Lucent will lead the way inbuilding one of the most advanced communications networks within thehealthcare industry underscoring UPMC's mission of enhanced patient care."
About University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is the largestintegrated health care enterprise in Pennsylvania and one of the leadingnonprofit health systems in the country. It has appeared eight times on theprestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of "America's Best Hospitals,"most recently earning 13th position in 2007. Widely recognized for itsinnovations in patient care, research, technology and health care management,UPMC has transformed the economic landscape in western Pennsylvania. Theregion's largest employer, with 45,000 employees and nearly USD 7 billion inrevenue, UPMC comprises 19 tertiary, specialty and community hospitals, 400outpatient sites and doctors' offices, retirement and long-term carefacilities, an insurance plan, and international ventures. Nearly 5,000physicians are affiliated with UPM