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The Iowa Rural Health Telecommunications Program (IRHTP) is a joint effort consisting of a consortium of 85 Iowa rural and urban hospitals, two South Dakota hospitals, one Nebraska hospital, the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) and the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) with the purpose to connect willing Iowa hospitals to a dedicated broadband fiber network using existing ICN infrastructure.

In May of 2007, IHA submitted the IRHTP proposal on behalf of Iowa hospitals to the Federal Communications Commission. The proposal was to provide last mile fiber connections for members of the consortium by linking them to the closest appropriate ICN Point of Presence with one gigabit of ethernet electronics.

IHA has and will continue to have responsibility for the general project administration and management which includes:

  • Meeting logistics for the IRHTP Board of Directors
  • Serve as the project coordinator for the IRHTP
    • Management of the administrative aspects of the approved network
    • Complete and submit program forms and supporting documentation
    • Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) payment management
    • Serve as the primary point of contact for the IRHTP
    • Communicate any requests and requirements to participating entities
    • Assure administrative project documentation
    • Maintain project files
    • Prepare for any auditing activities

For more information, contact Corey Martin at IHA via email or phone at 515-283-9309. 
For billing and invoicing questions please contact Chelsey Skyles at IHA. 


As of January 31st, 2019

  • The IRHTP board meeting was held on January 30th, 2019.  Board members approved new board members, the 2018 financials and the 2019 budget.  Board members also received a report from the ICN on the Equipment Refresh project and the Cerner connection possibilities.
  • Two new members, Kent Sona and Scott O’Farrell have been approved to the IRHTP Board.  They are welcome additions with their IT backgrounds and connections to Iowa hospitals.
  • Expense reimbursements have been approved by USAC and the ICN.  Final processing is taking place and facilities should receive their reimbursement payments in 2-4 weeks.
  • The Equipment Refresh project has moved beyond the design phase and will begin swapping out circuits at facilities starting in late February.
  • A small workgroup met to discuss the needs of the IRHTP network to connect with Cerner, out of Kansas City.  The request has been given to ICN and options will be reviewed in February of 2019.
  • Please contact Corey Martin (martinc@ihaonline.org) to be added to the quarterly IRHTP newsletter if you are not already on the mailing list.

Board Members

Brian Sims, Chief Executive Officer, Lucas County Health Center
Kent Sona, Chief Information Officer, Nebraska Methodist Health System
Scott O’Farrell, Vice President, IT Technical Services, Avera Health
Lee Carmen, VP of Information Services, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Jeff Cash, Senior VP and CIO, Mercy Medical Center – Cedar Rapids
Fred Eastman, Telehealth Technology Manager, MercyOne
Robert Frieden, VP of Info Services and CIO, Genesis Health System
Veronica Fuhs, Chief Executive Officer, Monroe and Davis County Hospitals and Clinics
Matt Sells, Chief Executive Officer, Shenandoah Medical Center
Daryl Bouma, Chief Technology Officer, Sanford Health
Roger Wilson, Interim Site Director, IT, MercyOne
Gary Davis, VP of IT, Iowa Hospital Association