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Greater Connections

We believe in leveraging broadband technology to support our members’ visions and enable them with paths to sustainability.

Consistent with our mission to help members succeed through collaboration, we believe high bandwidth, low latency private network connectivity is the cornerstone to enabling future technology-based healthcare services. We believe this connectivity for small hospitals should be a minimum of 100Mbps, application, and vendor-neutral, and connected to all other networks in the region.

Previously we helped 12 hospitals improve connectivity with the Rural Nebraska Health Network (RNHN) Eastern Expansion.

PHV owns and operates the Independent Health Network (IHN) consortium, initially conceived in 2015 and operational spring 2017, we expanded access to independent hospitals with a statewide, diverse path 10Gbps ringed network and delivering a minimum of 100Mbps that is open to all interested not for profit hospitals in the region.

The IHN Phase 1 project brought on an additional 29 hospitals serving as either hubs or edge locations.  We currently have a cross connection to the fiber-based RNHN  based in Scottsbluff and have hubs at UNMC, Bryan, and CHI.  We have the capability to provide Layer 2 connections to the largest medical organizations in the region.  Our Internet access is significant, redundant, and diverse – supported by a NebraskaLink connection in Omaha and Allo in North Platte.

Looking ahead, based on customer’s medical business needs, we plan enable cross connectivity with other medical organizations and networks in Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Please stay tuned as we progress with this initiative to discuss your needs. Should you have questions, please contact us.

Greater Connections

We believe in leveraging broadband technology to support our members’ visions and enable them with paths to sustainability.

Consistent with our mission to help members succeed through collaboration, we believe high bandwidth, low latency private network connectivity is the cornerstone to enabling future technology-based healthcare services. We believe this connectivity for small hospitals should be a minimum of 100Mbps, application, and vendor-neutral, and connected to all other networks in the region.

Previously we helped 12 hospitals improve connectivity with the Rural Nebraska Health Network (RNHN) Eastern Expansion.

PHV owns and operates the Independent Health Network (IHN) consortium, initially conceived in 2015 and operational spring 2017, we expanded access to independent hospitals with a statewide, diverse path 10Gbps ringed network and delivering a minimum of 100Mbps that is open to all interested not for profit hospitals in the region.

The IHN Phase 1 project brought on an additional 29 hospitals serving as either hubs or edge locations.  We currently have a cross connection to the fiber-based RNHN  based in Scottsbluff and have hubs at UNMC, Bryan, and CHI.  We have the capability to provide Layer 2 connections to the largest medical organizations in the region.  Our Internet access is significant, redundant, and diverse – supported by a NebraskaLink connection in Omaha and Allo in North Platte.

Looking ahead, based on customer’s medical business needs, we plan enable cross connectivity with other medical organizations and networks in Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Please stay tuned as we progress with this initiative to discuss your needs. Should you have questions, please contact us.

KEY IHN ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Fully managed cross connection to the RNHN to support disaster recovery and future needs
  • Enhanced relationships with regional telecom carriers to explore improving rural connectivity and opportunities for more collaboration and new revenue
  • Joined the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) which provides IHN a national anchor institution peer group for advocacy, networking, and education
  • Participated in the Nebraska State Telemedicine Network redesign

WHAT TO EXPECT MOVING FORWARD

  • Add redundant internet capability to the network
  • Explore diverse career pathways to deliver true resiliency
  • Add cloud-based video teleconferencing as a service
  • Further develop hub site relationships
  • Expand peer network relationships throughout region

Interested in Connecting to IHN?

What others say

Director of Technology

Jefferson Community Health and Life, Director of Technology

IHN provides the internet for our entire hospital, and we love it. We use it to upload images so our users were incredibly appreciative when things became faster and the bandwidth increased. Communication and support from the IHN management group has been great as well.

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