Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) has been selected by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) as a preferred provider for voice and data services. Under the two-year, multimillion dollar contract, Qwest offers a broad range of solutions to BCBSA’s Chicago headquarters and its member Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies nationwide.
With a network that covers the entire continental United States and includes one of the largest fiber footprints, Qwest is uniquely positioned to support Blue Plan voice and data needs.
Qwest will support Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with a variety of data solutions, including Ethernet, multi-protocol label switching (MPLS), ATM, DSL, Internet and Frame Relay service. Qwest’s converged broadband network offers a fully redundant, self-healing voice and data platform. This high-level of reliability will help ensure Blue Plans can access and share critical information real-time with customers and providers. The contract also includes local, long-distance and international voice service, and audio and Web conferencing.
“Information technology has created a health care revolution that is transforming the industry,” said Teresa Taylor, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group. “As a preferred provider, Qwest’s low-cost, scalable and secure bandwidth solutions will enable the Blue System and millions of Americans to benefit through increased operational efficiencies and advanced technology solutions.”
Qwest's network, with its underlying optical connectivity, has capacity to support rates up to 40 gigabits per second. It is one of the most advanced available, offering best-in-class service level agreements and access speeds to medical institutions, enterprises and government agencies of all sizes nationwide.
About the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 39 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 100 million individuals—one-third of all Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com
About Qwest Business
Qwest Business is a choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a comprehensive portfolio of data and voice networking communications solutions for businesses and health care customers – from individual doctors’ offices to large hospitals – nationwide. As health care providers increasingly adopt advanced life-saving digital technologies and administrators seek to ensure compliance with an array of regulations, more are turning to Qwest for technical expertise, responsive account management, and world-class services that exceed customers’ expectations for quality, value, and reliability. Visit qwest.com/enterprise to see why medical and health care institutions coast to coast rely on Qwest services that support customers’ HIPAA compliance requirements and patient satisfaction.
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