About the IRHN

The Illinois Rural HealthNet (IRHN) was created in 2008 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on providing healthcare providers access to high bandwidth connectivity and applications that promote lower operating costs while delivering better patient care. Initially focused on providing connectivity to primarily rural healthcare providers, IRHN has expanded its reach to include a multitude of members across a broad range of geographic areas. The IRHN is a secure network exclusively for the use of healthcare providers which include hospitals, health clinics, mental health clinics, educational institutions and medical specialists. In addition to direct member support, initial funding came predominantly from the FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program. Basic underlying support has since transitioned to the FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund program managed as a consortium. IRHN provides the high-speed connection that is necessary to improve access to medical applications for rural hospitals and clinics.

What does the IRHN connect to?

Hospitals and clinics connected to the IRHN can transmit data in numerous ways:
  • Locations on the IRHN can connect to any other IRHN location on the network with no exposure to the public Internet adding an additional layer of security
  • Locations on the IRHN can connect directly with health care related vendors
  • Locations on the IRHN are provided with robust access to the public Internet

Who manages the IRHN?

IRHN is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a wide variety of health care related experts. Under the governance of this Board, Fiberutilities Group (FG) provides the day to day management oversight of all operational aspects of network. This includes various vendors, service providers and suppliers that make up the network itself.

The network consists of fiber optic cables as well as lit transport services contracted for via the FCC/USAC Healthcare Connect Fund procurement process. The IRHN Service Level Agreement matches or exceeds those of major telecommunications carriers.

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