Japan’s Chiba University Hospital Supports Critical Hospital Information System with Avaya Fabric Network

12 Feb 2015
  • Flexible, high-performance network environment supports demanding conditions requiring 24/7 operation
  • Fabric network simplifies network changes to enable faster roll out of services

Tokyo - Avaya today announced that Chiba University Hospital has deployed Avaya Fabric Connect network virtualization technology in its hospital information system to support high availability, network management flexibility and round-the-clock operation.
Chiba University Hospital established one of the first hospital information systems in Japan in 1978. The volume of data it has collected since then rivals any healthcare establishment around the globe. To support its seamless 24/7 operation the hospital needed a highly available, error-proof network environment that would also provide flexibility and the ability to support network configuration changes rapidly.
Chiba University Hospital wanted to ensure its solution would address a number of areas. In a virtualized environment, the potential impact of an issue in one part of the network might ripple through to other areas, unconstrained by physical network separation. The hospital was also undergoing redevelopment, and needed many network changes to be accommodated without impacting network availability on other parts of the hospital. The previous network design had also emphasized fault tolerance, so the network configuration and design had become complex, making it harder to identify and treat the root cause of an issue. Furthermore it had not delivered the expected load balancing.
Avaya Fabric Connect is able to re-route communications instantly in the event of a failure, which preserves network infrastructure reliability and supports improvements in business continuity. In addition, unlike in the past when complex protocols were needed, simple network configurations can be designed using only the IS-IS protocol, minimizing the causes of network failures. In the hospital’s deployment of Avaya Fabric Connect, even if two core switches were to fail, there would be no impact on the overall network.
With Avaya Fabric Connect, configuration of switches can happen just at the edge of the network, rendering changes to core switch settings unnecessary. This means network changes are simpler, faster and less prone to human error. This is turn increases the hospital’s ability to flexibly and quickly deploy and support new applications. And Fabric Connect also addresses Chiba University Hospital’s concern around limiting the scope of any single network impact. For example, even in the event that power transmission is cut due to construction work on the power source for network equipment, it is now possible to shut down the network only in the building that requires construction.
“Until now, our image of the network has been one of connecting points with lines, but the image of Avaya’s network equipment with the network connecting on a plane was extremely appealing. In addition, the hospital is in the process of redevelopment, and because many network configuration changes are needed, we felt there was great benefit to have a high degree of freedom in being able to add and relocate switches, one of the characteristics of Ethernet fabric, and to have a simple approach to switch setting and changes.”
Takashi Kimura, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Medical Informatics and Management Department, Chiba University Hospital
“A hospital network truly defines what is meant by mission-critical. Chiba University Hospital saw that a fabric network solution could deliver the flexibility and ease of use it needed with no compromise on performance and with a level of reliability and speed of failover which is defining a new era of networking. We look forward to continuing to support the hospital’s evolution with the most effective network environment to meet its ever-changing needs.”
Yoshiki Kawakami, President, Japan, Avaya
About Chiba University Hospital
Based on the philosophy of “striving to cultivate professionals who will lead the way to the future of clinical medicine to integrate human dignity with state-of-the-art medical care,” Chiba University Hospital is engaged in developing and implementing advanced medical care as it aims to provide safe and reliable medical care while respecting the wishes of patients. Since its founding in 1874, Chiba University Hospital has been committed to nurturing integrity in highly qualified medical professionals and contributing to the regional/community medicine. For more details, please visit http://www.ho.chiba-u.ac.jp/index.html.
About Avaya
Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world-class contact center and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible on-premises and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non-Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Environment enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage.  Avaya’s fabric-based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services.  For more information please visit www.avaya.com/apac/.
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