With an expanding role that in due time will encompass telemedicine, quality reporting and the review of health care providers’ meaningful use progress, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has turned to Verizon Business for a variety of data network services.
Under the $169 million contract, Verizon Business, a division of Verizon Communications Inc., will manage the agency’s IP and data networks, set up a virtual private network for remote data access, enable video conferencing and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and implement security measures ranging from firewalls to intrusion detection.
Verizon Business is no stranger to either government work or the health care industry, having formed for the latter sector a cloud-based health information exchange and a Connected Health Care Solutions group to provide data network services and other management and consulting help. (As for the former sector, the company says it’s the federal government’s largest provider of communication services.)
Network availability is a huge priority for hospitals and other health care providers, especially as they add VoIP, electronic health records and other essential yet bandwidth-hungry applications. We’re glad to see HHS setting a good example.