Sunday, November 5, 2006

Alcatel Announces $300 Million Partnership with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Alcatel announced a multi-year agreement valued at $300 million to lead an IP network transformation project with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Alcatel and UPMC will also establish a joint venture to develop advanced communications technologies and applications focused on the health care industry.

The IP network transformation project, which will commence at the beginning of 2007, includes the upgrade of UPMC's wired and wireless data infrastructure, enterprise telephony system, and contact center platforms and applications to a new converged IP infrastructure.

Under the joint venture, Alcatel and UPMC will each invest USD 25 million to develop applications, technologies and solutions for the health care industry. http://www.alcatel.com University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is also working with dbMotion, a provider of Web-based data-sharing and integration technology, to create one of the largest models of health care data interoperability. dbMotion's technology will provide a flexible platform for UPMC's clinicians to securely access integrated patient information across its 19 hospitals and 400 outpatient sites and doctors' offices, without replacing existing systems.


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