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Comcast Business Has Broadband Prescription for California Health Units

Comcast Business has reached a deal to service Golden Valley Health Centers in California's Central Valley.

The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, calls for the installation of Comcast Business Ethernet services at  20 clinical sites in Merced and Stanislaus counties. With broadband speeds accelerating from 1.5 Mbps to nearly 100 Mbps from Comcast Business, non-profit GVHC can rely on a stable and efficient connection, ensuring that doctors can update records in real time, access critical information and transmit data to an off-site disaster preparedness storage database daily.

With the technology amelioration, patients can expect an improved experience since much of an appointment is fully-dependent on effective broadband speeds -- from scheduling, to viewing MRIs and x-rays, to updating health records during exams. With a fast and speedy connection, providers can expedite the patient check-in process and maintain an efficient patient flow, minimizing wait times for visitors. 

Comcast Business’s high-speed connection also plays a crucial role in transferring data. In order to preserve patients’ electronic health records, increased broadband is needed to transfer the hundreds of gigabytes of data collected daily from across GVHC’s 20 sites to an off-network storage facility. This process occurs nightly and must be completed before the clinics re-open in the morning.

“GVHC staff and providers situated across our Central Valley rely on high-speed connections to access and update patient information in a secure fashion in the organization's Practice Management system, as well as access Internet resources for insurance verification,” said Tony Ortiz, network administrator at Golden Valley Health Centers.

Noted Ted Girdner, vice president of Comcast Business for the California region: “Reliable and efficient solutions are critical to healthcare providers in today’s increasingly digital environment. GVHC is providing superior health care to the Central Valley, and we’re pleased to provide a solution that enhances patient and provider experiences.”