Iowa Rural Health Telecommunications Program
The Iowa Rural Health Telecommunications Program (IRHTP) is a joint effort 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). The program's purpose is to connect willing Iowa hospitals to a dedicated broadband fiber network using the ICN infrastructure.
In May 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 is responsible for the general project administration and management. This includes:
- Meeting logistics for the IRHTP board of directors.
- Project coordination for the IRHTP.
- Management of the administrative aspects of the approved network.
- Complete and submit program forms and supporting documentation.
- Universal Service Administrative Company payment management.
- Primary point of contact for the IRHTP.
- Communication of requests and requirements to participating entities.
- Administrative project documentation.
- Maintenance of project files
- Audit preparation.
- 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
- Robert Frieden, VP of Info Services and CIO, Genesis Health System
- Veronica Fuhs, Chief Executive Officer, Monroe and Davis County Hospitals and Clinics
- Bryan Hunger, Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson County Health Center
- 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