News Release

University of Michigan Health System and Cisco Speed Clinician and Researcher Access to Vital Patient Data

UMHS Standardizes on Cisco for Secure Delivery of High-Speed Internet Applications
Jun 29, 1999

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- June 29, 1999 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced the University of Michigan Health System has selected Cisco for high-speed access to the Internet and web-based applications on an end-to-end Cisco network infrastructure. Using the Cisco health care network, clinicians now have seamless and secure web-based access to a variety of medical information such as clinical data repositories, digital image-based radiology, and patient management. UMHS CareWeb is a clinical information system that uses a front-end web browser for easy and secure access to the Health System's clinical data repository. Through CareWeb, integrated patient information from a variety of sources is available on the UMHS intranet.

In addition, the Cisco Internet-based health care network at UMHS provides web-enabled access to researchers working on life-saving projects involving ultrasound, nuclear medicine radiology, and image-guided surgery, to name a few. Many of these advanced research initiatives will use technologies developed and deployed by the Internet2 project. Internet2 is a consortium of industry, government, research, and educational organizations that are working together to advance Internet-based network applications.

"We selected Cisco as part of our business strategy to rapidly move the University of Michigan's Health System to the full benefits of web-based applications using an end-to-end, IP platform," said Joseph Kryza, Director Operations & Technical Services at the Michigan Center of Information Technology. "We believe Cisco can offer the critical requirements we need to achieve our objectives - reliability and availability, performance, security, and price/performance advantages," he said.

Cisco's health care backbone is a four Gigabit EtherChannel network which supports the University of Michigan Health System of 14,000 people spanning a campus of 25 buildings and more than 60 remote sites. Each desktop connection is designed to support 100 megabits per second for multimedia, email, and other high-speed applications at the user's desk.

"The University of Michigan's Health Center shares our vision of the long-term value of using the Internet, in conjunction with a strong network foundation, to continually improve both customer and business processes throughout the continuum of care," says Kathryn McTighe, health care manager of Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group. "Cisco is pleased to have such a positive and forward looking relationship with one of the industry's leading health care provider and research institutions that understands the business advantage of using web-based applications and a high-speed network infrastructure."

About the University of Michigan Medical Center

The University of Michigan Health System is a comprehensive treatment, research and teaching center that handled 1.2 million out-patient health care visits in 1998 and provided in-patient care to another 36,000 people from around the state and nation.

The University of Michigan Health System comprises the U-M Medical School and its Faculty Group Practice, three U-M Hospitals, 30 health centers, 120 out-patient clinics, the M-CARE HMO and the Michigan Health Corp. The U-M Health System has a tradition of excellence in patient care, teaching and research.

The U-M Health System consistently ranks among the best health care institutions in the nation. In 1998, it was named to the honor roll of the 14 "best hospitals" in the United States by U.S. News & World Reports. The Health System also was listed in a recent issue of the consumer guide, The Best Hospitals in America. The Medical School in 1998 was ranked ninth nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Plus, 200 U-M physicians were listed in the book, "The Best Doctors in America: 1999 Edition."

A number of institutes and research centers, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the U-M Mental Health Research Institute, the Upjohn Center for Clinical Pharmacology, the General Clinical Research Center and the Diabetes Research and Training Center, all are sites of vigorous research activity. Research expenditures by Medical School scientists totaled nearly $170 million in 1997-98, 6.9 percent more than the previous year. In the most recent fiscal year, the Medical School ranked ninth in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among all U.S. medical schools, third in federal funding among public medical schools, and seventh in the number of grants awarded.

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