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Local Joliet Physician Group Selects AT&T for Managed Online Data Solutions

AT&T Managed Internet Service Provides Reliable, Quick Patient-Information

Retrieval From Multiple Medical Offices Throughout Suburban Chicago

JOLIET, Ill., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today that Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. (JOHA) has awarded AT&T a three-year contract to provide Managed Internet Service (MIS), in addition to other network solutions. Continuing its relationship as JOHA's primary provider, AT&T will enhance operational efficiency between JOHA's eight locations by providing increased bandwidth for the growing demand for digital medical-file transfers.

"In today's age of early detection and medical collaboration, the ability to quickly and easily share medical information among doctors is critical," said P.J. Sidhu, administrator, JOHA. "Our patients deserve quality, reliable service, and with AT&T, we continue to deliver just that -- timely, informed diagnoses that comes from real-time collaboration."

With AT&T's MIS solution, doctors in Kankakee, Flossmoor, Joliet and Morris can transfer medical files and information across AT&T's network. Backed by Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology, MIS not only provides higher bandwidth capacity but also faster system response to meet steadily increasing online demands. Ultimately, these higher-quality connections provide physicians diagnosing serious medical problems quicker access to critical medical information.

"Advanced medicine and the latest technology are essential to providing quality medical treatment today," said Virgil Pund, vice president of Government/Education/Medical Accounts, AT&T Midwest. "Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates will be better-enabled to build healthy communities through increased capabilities and collaboration with AT&T's network solutions."

Also included in the AT&T MIS solution is use of the AT&T BusinessDirect(R) Web portal for personalized, secure, anytime access to detailed information regarding critical customer applications.

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About Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd.

Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd. (JOHA) is a multi-physician practice in Joliet, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. JOHA has been providing quality cancer treatment since Dr. Sarode K. Pundaleeka, the President of the practice, founded it in 1981. JOHA provides cancer patients with the most advanced treatments available. As a leader in community based Oncology and Hematology, JOHA is an active participant in advancing care and treatment through research and the implementation of new treatments. The research department at JOHA is affiliated with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and University of Chicago. For more information, please visit

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at

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