Network provider Ciena has announced that Nebraska Medicine is replacing its legacy network with a private enterprise network using Ciena’s packet networking and converged packet optical solutions. According to the company, the new network will connect five geographically dispersed facilities and enable Nebraska Medicine to use bandwidth-intensive applications and to take full advantage of technology advances like digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).

According to Ciena, its 8700 Packetwave and 6500 Packet-Optical platforms will help improve patient service and customer experience by providing high-capacity, packet-based connectivity between Nebraska Medicine’s five healthcare sites and two data centers. The 8700 platforms in Nebraska Medicine’s two data centers support 100GbE connectivity, the company says, and can significantly scale to accommodate spikes in service demands. The 6500 products provide high-capacity interconnectivity between clinics and specialists through Nebraska Medicine’s dark fiber provided by Unite Private Networks (UPN) or over a carrier managed circuit, ensuring medical staff has instant access to patients’ updated electronic health records, x-rays, and other vital information.