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Fiber optic network improves North Country health care

Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Research Foundation of the State University of New York is the legal entity that administered the FCC program for the Rural Health Care Pilot Program contract of $8,998,004, awarded to ACTION. They were assisted in this effort by the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization.

CVPH Medical Center is the lead eligible provider for the FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program and SUNY serves as the fiscal administrator.

Plattsburgh State provides that link to SUNY’s Research Foundation, a private, nonprofit educational corporation that administers externally funded contracts and grants for and on behalf of SUNY campuses.

The Development Corporation of the North Country will utilize multiple local service provider networks to connect ACTION member locations throughout the region.

“This will allow for the continuity of care throughout any of these facilities, regardless of where the patient finds him or herself,” Hooper said. “The ability of these hospitals to share information through the secured network helps improve healthcare quality by ensuring the availability of a patient’s EMR, test results, x-rays, CT scans, etc. to physicians at these facilities. It also helps to maximize cost effectiveness by ensuring that tests are not duplicated, and that all doctors have access to the same information.”

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