UAMS Readies $128M High-Speed Network

by Robert Bell  on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 12:00 am  

"Oh yeah, there's no question about it; we had a track record," he said. "Without the work we'd done before, it would have been impossible to have gotten this grant."

And while UAMS wrote and was awarded the grant, the network will benefit many other heath care institutions.

Baptist Health of Little Rock is a partner in the high-speed network project. Many central Arkansas residents primarily associate Baptist with its large hospitals and clinics in Little Rock and North Little Rock, said CIO David House.

"But what people don't always recognize is we also provide a ton of health care service to rural Arkansas," House said. "We have Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs, Arkadelphia, Stuttgart. Plus we have over 175 access points to Baptist and many of those are spread across the state in rural communities."

Baptist has several existing telemedicine programs, such as remote monitoring of intensive care units. The new network will "allow us to hook to those Baptist Health institutions, as well as institutions outside the Baptist Health network. It will allow us to collectively expand our scope and our reach and do it in an economic model that will allow us to do that," he said.




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