Nebraska starts work on US $18M network to connect rural hospitals

The Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network (RNHN), a consortium of nine rural hospitals and related clinics in western Nebraska, launched construction of an US $18M fiber optic medical network that aims at improving care throughout the Nebraska panhandle.The proposed 750-mile fiber network spans 12 counties in western Nebraska, and will connect to national research networks such as National Lambda Rail and Internet 2 in Denver.Officials held a ground breaking ceremony for the network at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., one of the members of the non-profit consortium.The project is made possible with the support of Regional West Foundation and in cooperation with Fiberutilties Group, an Iowa based consulting and technology firm, Louisville, Colo.-based Zayo Group, a provider of bandwidth infrastructure services, and Omaha, Neb.-based Adesta LLC, a of solutions for advanced communication networks and security systems.Using federal funding under the Rural Healthcare Pilot Program of the Federal Communications Commission, in conjunction with funding provided by Zayo Group, the RNHN will connect the primary care hospitals and dozens of affiliated clinics creating one of the most advanced and robust medical technology networks in Nebraska.

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