Telecom Lead America: National LambdaRail in
association with AT&T announced a project to connect cancer centers,
universities, medical schools, research hospitals, laboratories and other
institutions across the United States.
The initiative is aimed at transforming the healthcare
industry’s ability to diagnose, prevent, treat and/or manage illness and
medical conditions of all kinds.
AT&T will deliver connectivity to NLR’s network
infrastructure for leading health sciences institutions, starting with Saint
John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
“This will allow Saint John’s and its cancer
research subsidiary, the renowned John Wayne Cancer Institute, to create a gene
sequencing center enabling identification of genetic, genomic, and clinical
information to tailor treatment and targeted therapies to each individual’s
disease,” said Lou Lazatin, president and CEO of Saint John’s Health
Working closely with AT&T, NLR plans to offer medical
organizations the data handling capacity to make genomic medicine a reality.
This is the first step to bring genomic science directly
to the clinical world of genomic pathology in a way that will support treatment
decisions and improved clinical outcomes,” said NLR Chairman and CEO
AT&T will provide the middle and last mile
connections to NLR’s nationwide backbone infrastructure.
NLR and AT& will simplify the IT design, management,
and evolution of the NLR network.
Utilizing AT&T’s managed network, NLR can focus on
advancing efforts in genomic medicine, bringing evidence-based medicine to the
point of care to help providers customize patient care paths.
“As NLR creates a national intranet of health, we
plan to help them manage complexity, control costs, improve productivity, and
deploy applications and technology infrastructure to advance continuous
improvement in healthcare,” said William Archer, president of Advanced
Solutions, AT&T Business and Home Solutions.