TWC Makes A Telemedicine Connection

Business Services Unit Teams Up with OhioHealth
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Expanding its reach into a new growth market, Time Warner Cable Business Class has inked a deal to help OhioHealth remotely provide care to patients throughout the state.

OhioHealth, a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit system of healthcare facilities based in central Ohio, is relying on TWCBC for video, phone and data services, and powering its telemedicine program using an MSO-supplied 100 Mbps point-to-point Ethernet Private Line (EPL) fiber circuits that are connecting 50 care sites, 300 Mbps Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) at the organization’s headquarters, and broadband links up to 100 Mbps to connect its smaller offices.

That combination, TWCBC noted, gives OhioHealth, which has 11 member hospitals and more than 50 ambulatory and surgery centers, primary care and specialty practices, the speed and capacity for applications such as streaming two-way audio and video.

“A patient and physician no longer have to be sitting together in the same room. A physician can provide evaluation and diagnosis through the technology that’s available today,” said Jim Lowder, system vice president, technology, OhioHealth, in a statement.  “Having a high speed, high performance, highly reliable, low latency network is absolutely critical to our operations. Time Warner Cable Business Class provides that network connectivity.”

Amogn the examples is the OhioHealth Stroke Network, which connects emergency teams at community hospitals to specialists in critical care and stroke at OhioHealth’s facilities in Columbus, Ohio. TWCBC’s fiber-based EPL and DIA solutions have expanded the reach of the OhioHealth Stroke Network by utilizing real-time, two-way audio and video, as well as access to imaging, to ensure stroke patients quickly receive the appropriate treatment and interventions.

“OhioHealth is a true innovator and leader. The organization's use of technology to increase patient care effectiveness can help save lives,” said Jeff Greenberg, group vice president, mid-market, channels and alliances, Time Warner Cable Business Services.