NEC wins contracts for IP telephony network and SSO technology
NEC Unified Solutions Inc. announced at HIMSS that it has been awarded a contract by Exempla Healthcare, a multi-site healthcare provider in Denver, to design, install and support a multi-million dollar Internet Protocol (IP) communications system. The network connects the organization's two pre-existing facilities with the new Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, which just opened in December 2004.  
Backed by Cisco planning, design and implementation services, NEC's network deployment involved installing Cisco networking hardware at the Good Samaritan Medical Center. It included placing approximately 1,000 Cisco Call Manager IP phones throughout three facilities for use by healthcare staff, and installing specialized healthcare analog phones in the center's patient rooms, NEC said.
NEC said it will manage and support the network. The beginning of the implementation process included an IP Telephony Readiness Assessment to plan for the expected capacity of voice and data traffic, to optimize bandwidth utilization and to build redundancy and fault detection into the network. NEC's SecurePlus remote monitoring service also will be employed for end-to-end monitoring.
NEC Solutions revealed plans to deploy its TouchPass Secure Single Sign-On (SSO) system at Atlantic Health System, a large nonprofit healthcare provider in New Jersey. Atlantic Health System will deploy TouchPass with 10,000 user licenses across its three health facilities in northern New Jersey.
NEC's SSO uses biometric finger-imaging to identify individual users accurately to authorize access to computers, networks and applications using only a fingerprint. Atlantic Health System wants the system to measurably improve patient safety, quality of care and reduce administrative costs.