Qwest Communications has been selected by Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) and the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) to provide high-speed internet service that will link both rural and urban health and behavioral health care providers in the state.
The Colorado Telehealth Network, as it is known, will be one of the largest health care information networks in the United States once it is completed.
“The ability of Colorado’s health care providers to accurately exchange information with each other in a timely fashion is a critical component of the state’s efforts to make health care more affordable, and to improve coverage and access,” said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter “I am pleased to see our vision of an interconnected system move one step closer to reality.”
The Colorado Telehealth Network, managed by the CHA and CBHC, will connect almost 400 hospitals and other health care and behavioral health care providers in the state through Qwest’s national fiber-optic network.
The network will help expand broadband access to rural areas in Colorado:
“Too many rural communities are isolated from many of the advanced diagnosis and treatment technologies available in urban areas,” said CHA President and Chief Executive Officer Steven J. Summer. “The Colorado Telehealth Network, when implemented, will enable Coloradans to receive the right care, at the right place and at the right time.”