National LambdaRail, CENIC Provide Advanced Health Care Network

LOS ANGELES - Big Data needs Big Bandwidth, and now the combination of the two will benefit medical research and practice in California and Arizona.

A new partnership between National LambdaRail (NLR), the operator of a national research and education network, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), which operates the California Research and Education Network, will provide ultra-high-bandwidth services to health care organizations. Not only hospitals but also cancer centers, university schools of medicine, research institutions, clinics, doctors’ offices, payers, providers, medical services companies and laboratories, imaging centers, genomic sequencing centers, computing facilities and data centers will be able to connect to the new services.

Last week, NLR announced that it was collaborating with AT&T on communications services to health care organizations, first in California and ultimately across the United States.

Making Evidence-Based Medicine a Reality
“This is another vital step towards an integrated health information infrastructure for the United States,” says NLR Chairman and CEO Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. “These key partnerships for high-volume, high-speed data services to all medical institutions put us well on the way towards making genomically informed, evidence-based medical care a reality. Whole genome sequencing data can be deployed quickly to the service of clinical decision making at the point of care.”

Dr. Soon-Shiong adds that the Cancer Knowledge Action Network - an initiative he announced in April - is an example of the kind of integrated information infrastructure that will be supported by the NLR-CENIC partnership. “Our partnership will be a vital tool in cancer care case management,” he says.

“CENIC is proud to be leading the way as the regional network to partner with NLR in support of its health care-focused mission,” says CENIC president and CEO Louis Fox. "A national health network is going to be essential for our country to maintain our leadership in research as well as to achieve better, affordable health care. That network begins here today.”

In July 2011, NLR announced that it would form the backbone of a “national health intranet.” With the announcement last week of the AT&T partnership, beginning with Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica as the first to be connected, and now the CENIC partnership, California will be the first state to benefit from the new infrastructure.

California will further benefit from CENIC and NLR’s connection with the California TeleHealth Network, a statewide broadband network which has so far enrolled over 300 rural health care provider sites, the combined resources thereby creating connectivity all the way from research and sequencing centers to local physicians in remote or underserved communities.

National LambdaRail currently connects more than 280 sites to a 12,000-mile, high-performance fiber network in the United States and to overseas networks for research, medical science and patient care. It creates opportunities for collaboration, innovation and commercialization among the global research community as well as public and private partners. It also provides customized support for individual researchers and projects.

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