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OREGON HEALTH NETWORK REACHES MILESTONE IN UPGRADES FUNDED BY FCC'S RURAL HEALTH CARE PILOT PROGRAM

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Released: December 4, 2009

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December 4, 2009
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OREGON HEALTH NETWORK REACHES MILESTONE IN UPGRADES FUNDED BY FCC’s

RURAL HEALTH CARE PILOT PROGRAM

Washington D.C. – The Oregon Health Network (OHN), one of the largest projects funded by the
Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program, will mark an important milestone
today as it launches its network operations center in a ceremony at the center in Beaverton, Oregon.
OHN has a stated goal of bringing low-cost, high speed broadband to primary healthcare
stakeholders in Oregon, potentially linking over 300 non-profit health care facilities, both urban and rural.
The Pilot Program will provide up to $20.2 million in funding for the project. The launch of the network
applications center (NOC) is an important milestone in the project, allowing centralized management and
tracking of network quality and connections, and facilitating trouble shooting with telecommunications
vendors on behalf of OHN participants.
The NOC will improve the quality, reliability and functionality of the network by pulling together
multiple service providers into a single, consistent network. For example, the NOC would enable a doctor in
a Wallowa, Oregon hospital, participating in a video consultation with a doctor at the Oregon Health Science
University, to quickly resolve any network problems with a single call to the NOC.
“This project provides an important example of how assistance from the Rural Health Care Pilot
Program can help provide the robust broadband networks needed for vital telemedicine services,” said FCC
Chairman Julius Genachowski. “These critical improvements in the Oregon Health Network will further
broadband’s role in delivering the best possible health care to Oregonians, no matter where they live.”
The FCC established the $417 million Pilot Program to increase patient access to care via
telemedicine and support the transfer of electronic medical records, which will improve the quality of care
for patients. Nationwide, 62 projects are eligible to receive Pilot Program funding for telehealth networks
serving approximately 6,000 health care facilities in 42 states and three U.S. territories, using broadband
technology to bring state-of the-art medical practices to isolated rural communities. At this time, 41 of these
projects have either received funding commitments or developed requests for proposals to select vendors to
build out their broadband networks, while the remaining continue to prepare their requests for proposals as
part of the competitive bidding process.
The ceremony and a live demonstration of the center will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT at
EasyStreet Online Services, which is operating the NOC on behalf of OHN, at 9705 SW Sunshine Court,
Beaverton, Oregon.
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More information about the Rural Health Care Pilot Program can be found at
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/rural/rhcp.html .

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