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Healthcare Organizations Describe How Next-Generation Data Centers Are Changing IT's Impact on Patient Care And Hospital Operations

Live IPTV Broadcast to Highlight Moses Cone Health System and Virtua Data Center Plans - How Technology Strategies Play Out on Real-Life Hospital Floors
Jan 24, 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jan. 24, 2011 – On Jan. 27, Cisco will host a live Internet TV broadcast and Q-and-A session featuring IT executives from Moses Cone Health System, a not-for-profit health system with five hospitals and a range of outpatient services and teaching facilities, based in Greensboro, N.C.; and Virtua, a healthcare provider with five hospitals and multiple outpatient facilities, located in Marlton, N.J.

The health care providers will explain how new data center solutions are improving IT support for patient care,administrative efficiency, and cost savings. Moses Cone Health System has selected the Cisco Unified Computing System® as its next-generation data center computing platform to support physician order entry and the transition to electronic medical records. Virtua has deployed an advanced Cisco Ethernet-based network, including Cisco Nexus® data center switches, Cisco® MDS storage switches, and high-speed Cisco optical solutions to link multiple hospitals and provide more efficient access to information.

Hosted by Cisco executives, the show will feature special guests:

  • Steve Horsley, associate chief information officer for Moses Cone Health System, who will discuss health care IT challenges and data center requirements for improving patient care and operational efficiency. 
  • Michael Heil, manager of technology infrastructure for Moses Cone Health System and  "Health IT Guy" blogger, will present his organization's deployment of the Cisco Unified Computing System and Cisco MDS storage solutions. Heil will explain how Moses Cone has transitioned to an electronic medical records system based on the Cisco Unified Computing System platform and Microsoft Amalga, a real-time data warehousing application designed for clinical data. Heil will describe the project's IT goals, solutions and benefits, as well as expansion plans for the future.
  • Paul Krihak, manager of enterprise infrastructure for Virtua, will describe challenges and opportunities for health care IT and describe how his organization's commitment to patient care is realized through technology. Krihak will explain how Virtua transitioned to two key data centers to support new applications, a new regional health information exchange, and an increase in digital images, and will describe how the data center architecture allows Virtua to move virtual servers between data centers, reducing expenses and downtime.

When:  Thursday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m.-noon PST

Where: To view the live program or the re-play afterwards, visit Registration is not required, but viewers must pre-register if they would like to ask a question during the live event. Viewers are encouraged to register so they can interact with the guests on the show.

Interviews: To schedule press interviews after the broadcast, please e-mail Lee Davis at, or dial (650) 868-3036.

To schedule analyst interviews after the broadcast, please contact Jesse Freund at