Greater Minnesota Telehealth/e-Health        Broadband Initiative (GMTBI)Minnesota’s FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Project
FCC Rural Health Care Pilot ProjectIn November 2007, FCC authorized $417 million for construction of statewide or regional...
FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Project• Covers costs for construction, hardware, and recurring  circuit connections for 3 yea...
Greater Minnesota Telehealth/e-Health    Broadband Initiative (GMTBI)Five health care networks participated in 2007 applic...
GMTBI pilot project: What did we imagine?• Minnesota network for statewide telehealth and    health information exchange• ...
What does a managed dedicated health care          broadband network do?Improves connectivity to allow for Quality of Ser...
What is the value of a dedicated rural          health care broadband network ?Telehealth provides improved access to car...
GMTBI network project to dateCentrally managed broadband hub: SISU Medical SystemsPoints of Presence (POPs) in strategic...
Beyond the pilot project: what’s next?Formally incorporated membership organization with representative governanceBroad ...
Broadband DifficultiesLocal Telecom providers have outdated networksLocal Telecom providers have over used networksTele...
Questions? Contact:Jeff Plunkett, GMTBI Technical Project Coordinator, SISU Medical Solutions jplunkett@sisunet.org or 21...
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From the 2012 Minnesota Broadband Conference – Building Our Connected Future: Minnesota’s Better with Broadband in Duluth, November 2012

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  • Greater Minnesota Telehealth/e-Health Broadband Initiative (GMTBI)

    1. 1. Greater Minnesota Telehealth/e-Health Broadband Initiative (GMTBI)Minnesota’s FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Project
    2. 2. FCC Rural Health Care Pilot ProjectIn November 2007, FCC authorized $417 million for construction of statewide or regionalbroadband networks to:1.Support health information exchange and telehealth forrural providers2.Connect rural providers to urban providers regionally andnationally
    3. 3. FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Project• Covers costs for construction, hardware, and recurring circuit connections for 3 years• Health care facility pays 15% cost• Telco Vendors paid 85% costs directly by USAC• Large urban providers could participate if they connect with rural providers
    4. 4. Greater Minnesota Telehealth/e-Health Broadband Initiative (GMTBI)Five health care networks participated in 2007 application: •Minnesota Telehealth Network •North Region Health Alliance (MN and ND) •Medi-Sota (SW MN) •Minnesota Assn Community Mental Health Programs •SISU Medical Systems•Minnesota was authorized for $5.4 million in USAC subsidies•Program recently extended through June 2012
    5. 5. GMTBI pilot project: What did we imagine?• Minnesota network for statewide telehealth and health information exchange• Improved access to patient care in rural Minnesota• Elimination of barriers: costs, border issues, bridging• Reliable and secure connectivity• Network of networks• Any provider connecting to any other provider• Development beyond the pilot sites and across state boundaries
    6. 6. What does a managed dedicated health care broadband network do?Improves connectivity to allow for Quality of Service (QOS) for reliable telehealth servicesProtects personal health informationConnects all sites under open architecture (MPLS “cloud”)Maintains independence for connection service decisionsLeverages pooled resources for purchasingProvides service and support for complex connections
    7. 7. What is the value of a dedicated rural health care broadband network ?Telehealth provides improved access to care for rural patientsSupports rural provider recruitment and retentionFacilitates health information exchangeKeeps patients and revenues in rural communitiesSupports new business relationshipsExpert assistance in communicating and negotiating with telecom carriersExpert assistance in using the USAC program
    8. 8. GMTBI network project to dateCentrally managed broadband hub: SISU Medical SystemsPoints of Presence (POPs) in strategic regional locations: currently Duluth, Brainerd, Willmar, Grand Forks and soon Minneapolis80 participating health care provider sites (hospitals, clinics and mental health centers)Steering committee for all project decisions
    9. 9. Beyond the pilot project: what’s next?Formally incorporated membership organization with representative governanceBroad statewide advisory boardTiered membership pricing for managed network services based upon size of facilities and businessesGrowth of network to include additional health care providers, such as public health agencies, home health, community clinics, long term care, prisons, etc.All health care providers are connected
    10. 10. Broadband DifficultiesLocal Telecom providers have outdated networksLocal Telecom providers have over used networksTelecom provider sales commit and can’t deliver services
    11. 11. Questions? Contact:Jeff Plunkett, GMTBI Technical Project Coordinator, SISU Medical Solutions jplunkett@sisunet.org or 218-529-7954Maureen Ideker, GMTBI Steering Committee Chair Maureen.ideker@essentiahealth.org or 320-748-8239

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