Monday, June 30, 2014

HealthNet connect|BroadNet connect Business Update - June

Health care organizations, businesses, schools and government entities demand great technology, value added services and exceptional support. HealthNet connect|BroadNet connect are committed to all three. I will use this update to give a high-level overview of some of our business development and technology initiatives.

HealthNet connect’s Press Release on our Expansion into Nebraska!

HealthNet connect Announces Expansion
Healthcare Consortium To Expand In Nebraska
West Des Moines, IA – June 9, 2014

HealthNet connect (HNc), a wholly owned subsidiary of UnityPoint Health, is excited to announce that it will expand into Nebraska by connecting eight hospitals to its private fiber optic network. The hospitals joining the HealthNet connect network are:

  • Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
  • Bryan Medical Center, Lincoln
  • Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center, Beatrice
  • Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk
  • Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus
  • Fremont Area Medical Center, Fremont
  • Great Plains Regional Medical Center, North Platte
  • Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings

“This expansion marks a major milestone for HNc as we delivered on our goal of entering the Nebraska market,” said Rodney Brown, executive director, HealthNet connect|BroadNet connect. “We are looking forward to providing tremendous value to our Nebraska participants by delivering the most leading edge communication and information technology services.”

Mark Weiss, executive director, Enterprise Technical Services for Nebraska Medical Center added, “Effective sharing of health information technology and services requires high-speed data network connectivity between participating organizations. The HealthNet connect network provides a cost-effective and sustainable network solution to our rural and metropolitan partners.  We are excited to work with HNc to enable improved care delivery in our region.”

HealthNet connect (HNc) through HNc Services Inc. provides participants with communication and IT services, including high-speed broadband, hosted VoIP, cloud technologies, managed IT support services and telehealth technology. HealthNet connect through HNc Services Inc. is the only regional services provider that has its own private fiber optic network and data center infrastructure. HNc is a one-stop communication and IT services shop for consortium participants.

Disaster Recovery 

A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), as part of Business Continuity Planning, is an arrangement agreed upon in advance by management and key personnel of the steps that will be taken to help the organization recover should any type of disaster occur. Disaster Recovery (DR) is the process an organization uses to recover access to their software, data, and/or hardware that are needed to resume the performance of normal, critical business functions after the event of either a natural disaster or a disaster caused by humans. A Detailed plan is created that clearly outline the actions that an organization or particular members of an organization will take to help recover/restore any of its critical communications and technical infrastructure that may have been either completely or partially interrupted during or after a disaster or other extended disruption to operational functions. In order to be fully effective and compliant, the plan needs to be outlined and regularly practiced.

With the requirements of meaningfulness use stage 2 and payment card industry (PCI) compliance, rural hospitals and financial institutions must have a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan for their critical applications and data.  Most organizations may have a plan but may not fully understand how to put it in practice. Often, due to organizational change and/or growth, DR plans may need to be revised or revamped and service level agreements (SLA) need to be updated.

HealthNet connect|BroadNet connect provides access to data center services in rural areas with the ability to assist in protection and recovery of critical information in the case of a disaster. We design Disaster Recovery plans, replicate your critical systems, and perform ongoing DR failover testing to ensure your SLA’s are sustained.

HealthNet connect|BroadNet connect provides a one-stop-shop for Disaster Recovery, Connectivity and Managed services. This will limit the back and forth troubleshooting between vendors and manufacturers.  Consolidating these types of services under one roof creates greater efficiency, scalability and most importantly…security.

Customer Spotlight

We are happy to announce that Clarke University in Dubuque Iowa is now part of HealthNet connect|BroadNet connect’s family. They’ve signed an agreement for wireless internet service, complimenting their campus-wide primary Internet connection.

Clark University was founded in 1887 and has a mission “to educate undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.”

We’re thrilled to begin building this business relationship and look forward to partnering with the University relative to other services from HNc|BNc well into the future.


For additional information, please visit www.healthnetconnect.org.

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