Broadband what the doctor ordered

Business-focused telco Pacific Internet has retained the business of around 90 general practitioners (GPs) as part of the government's subsidised AU$35 million Broadband for Health (BFH) program. The telco today announced it would also deliver managed security services to the group of doctors, known as the Hunter Urban Division of General Practice (HUDGP).

Business-focused telco Pacific Internet has retained the business of around 90 general practitioners (GPs) as part of the government's subsidised AU$35 million Broadband for Health (BFH) program.

The telco today announced it would also deliver managed security services to the group of doctors, known as the Hunter Urban Division of General Practice (HUDGP).

"Pacific Internet has provided broadband to HUDGP -- a representative group for GPs in the Newcastle and Hunter area -- since November 2004," a joint e-mailed statement from the two organisations said today.

In the statement, HUDGP chief information officer Chris Scott said: "This approved BFH plan bundles business-grade connectivity with Cisco hardware that has intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, and will be fully monitored and managed by Pacific Internet."

Scott added HUDGP had a three-year plan to create a community-managed health network utilising funding from the government's Managed Health Network program.

"The network would link different health sectors in the area, including aged-care services, GPs, specialists, and the Hunter New England Area Health Service," the statement said.

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