Qwest Communications And American Hospital Association Sign Agreement To Advance The Use Of Technology In HospitalsAHA Has Selected Qwest as Preferred Provider of Network Services to the Health Care Field; AHA Engages Qwest and Partners to Build a Health Care Portal
DENVER and CHICAGO, November 5, 2001 ? The American Hospital Association (AHA) and Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced that they are working together to facilitate greater use of communications technology across the nation?s hospitals and health care systems. AHA and Qwest will build a health care portal for use by AHA members and the health care field. Additionally, to help create a common technology infrastructure for the field, AHA has exclusively endorsed Qwest as the network services provider of choice for its more than 4,600 member hospitals and their related organizations.
To facilitate the adoption of technology among its membership, AHA recognized the need for enhanced network infrastructure. To that end, AHA has exclusively designated Qwest as its endorsed provider of data networking and virtual private network (VPN) services. Part of a broader technology strategy, AHA?s endorsement of Qwest will help the nation?s hospitals and other health care providers in choosing a communications company capable of helping hospitals to enhance patient care and improve operational efficiencies. AHA plans to work with Qwest and other technology companies to help health care providers with the sizable technology requirements mandated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
?It has become evident in today?s challenging health care environment that technology will provide key solutions to some of the regulatory, financial, clinical and administrative pressures that impact our members,? said Neil J. Jesuele, executive vice president of AHA. ?This agreement with Qwest is a key first step for AHA in helping provide enhanced solutions for our members to use current and future technology solutions, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.?
The AHA has also engaged Qwest and some of its industry-leading partners such as Sun Microsystems, Inc. to design, develop and host a portal from which the entire health care field can access critical data, such as regulatory information, best practices, research, educational materials and leadership tools. Among many other benefits, the portal will provide a place for convening health care leaders via chat rooms, house new easily accessible technology applications for improving operational efficiencies, and make available products and services through e-commerce.
?We?re thrilled to work with the AHA as it uses broadband technology to streamline processes within its own membership, and throughout the health care community,? said Joel Arnold, executive vice president, global business markets for Qwest. ?The endorsement by the AHA is a tremendous opportunity for Qwest to expand its health care footprint and continue to develop solutions for hospitals and medical networks across the country.?
For more information about the AHA portal or the AHA/Qwest Network Solutions, please contact AHA at 1-800-242-4677 or visit www.ahafinancialsolutions.com or Qwest at 1-800-743-3793, and request ext. AHA (242) or visit www.qwest.com.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 4,600 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care, and 37,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.
About AHA Financial Solutions, Inc.
AHA Financial Solutions, Inc. (AHA-FSI) is the subsidiary of the American Hospital Association that collaborates with companies to create strategic technology, financial and insurance products and services for health care professionals. AHA-FSI has an exclusive sponsorship from the Health Care Financial Management Association (HFMA), a professional association that includes more than 30,000 health care financial executives. For more information, visit www.ahafinancialsolutions.com.
About Health Forum
As an information and knowledge management company, Health Forum/AHA packages news, data, opinions, attitudes, and ideas into digestible and accessible formats. Through print and electronic media, data products, leadership conferences, and Fellowship programs, Health Forum provides the means for health care executives and community leaders to identify and achieve their personal and organizational goals. To find out more, please visit www.healthforum.com.
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