Optimum Lightpath enhances presence in telemedicine segment

Optimum Lightpath's win with a local hospital in the Bronx, NY area illustrates the notion that healthcare's drive could be a cash cow service for wireline service providers.

Through its partnership with GetWellNetwork, an interactive patient care vendor, Optimum Lightpath will provide Interactive Patient Care (IPC) to the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). Set to be implemented in 130 beds throughout the hospital, CHAM will roll out GetWell Town, a system that will allow patients to talk to hospital staff, watch entertainment and education videos and even browse the web.

Serving as the underlying backbone for the GetWell Town service is Optimum Lightpath's optical-based Ethernet service. Looking to get a foothold into the burgeoning telemedicine market segment, Optimum Lightpath and GetWellNetwork struck a partnership last May to target NY-based hospitals with its IPC service.

Optimum Lighthpath is not a stranger to New York's healthcare industry. In addition to providing CHAM with voice and data services since 2001, the service provider says 70 percent of hospitals in its service footprint are current customers, including North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Holy Name Hospital, Saint Clare's Health System, and St. Barnabas Hospital.

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