BT signs up two health contracts in the Netherlands
St. Antonius Hospital Group and Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation choose BT
BT today announced the signature of two health sector contracts in the Netherlands. St. Antonius Hospital Group signed for data centre services in BT’s Nieuwegein data centre and at the same time, Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation signed for managed local area network (LAN) services. Today’s announcement is made on the eve of the annual HIMSS Conference in Orlando, Florida (20-24 February, 2011).
“We are proud that these two highly respected institutions recognise our local knowledge and experience and put their trust in BT. This shows that we are an attractive healthcare business partner in the Benelux - as in many other countries around the world”, says Edwin Hageman, CEO, BT Benelux.
St. Antonius Hospital Group
By choosing BT’s data centre services, St. Antonius Hospital Group - an innovative and ambitious Dutch teaching hospital - is in a better position to maximise the availability of its services. BT will help raise business continuity to a higher-level and provide a secure, cost-efficient addition to the hospital’s in-house infrastructure. Both will work together in a ‘twin-data centre’ concept, something which BT’s Benelux organisation is highly familiar with as it offers a similar concept to customers via its Amsterdam and Nieuwegein data centres.
For St. Antonius Hospital Group, this can be seen as a step in the right direction to further improve their service to an ever more demanding group of healthcare professionals, while guaranteeing compliance with changing regulation from the Dutch national government.
“We are convinced that BT, with its extensive data centre capabilities and strong global health sector background, is the right partner to help us design solutions tailored to our specific needs, such as effectively dealing with the rapidly growing amounts of confidential patient data faced by our sector”, says Jetse Pettinga, head of ICT management at St. Antonius Hospital.
BT only recently announced the expansion of its data centre capabilities in the region with the build of a new centre and a significant expansion of its facility in Nieuwegein.
Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation
Following an IT and ‘application assured infrastructure’ (AAI) audit performed by BT’s professional services team, Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation - a non-profit organisation specialising in blood supply - signed a contract covering managed LAN services for its headquarters in Amsterdam, supporting 1500 employees in a network spread over several buildings, connecting more than 3000 devices, such as PCs, printers and microscopes. BT has been providing the organisation with wide and local area network services for more than 10 years.
“BT’s IT audit made it very clear that patching our existing network was no longer an option. Their managed LAN proposition will allow us to combine all our communications across a single infrastructure. We’re looking forward to using the new and improved network before the end of the summer”, says Ad Saers, CIO at Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation.
Managed LAN from BT enables organisations to outsource the management of their local area network (LAN) and internet protocol telephony (IPT) infrastructures to a single provider. The service combines their communications across a single infrastructure, offering a full range of services. This includes everything from the supply, installation and maintenance of equipment through to network management.
BT is also providing Sanquin with consultancy in the areas of flexible working, unified communications, IP telephony and videoconferencing.
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