Healthcare

Serving Healthcare Systems and Medical Organizations

KINBER is a collaborative community of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, government and public media organizations that utilizes the high-performance Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, also known as PennREN. By offering essential services and exceptional member support, KINBER will help your healthcare system achieve its mission and goals through the ongoing discovery, application and transfer of new network technologies essential for research, health information exchange and telemedicine. Essentially, KINBER provides access to connectivity, content, and collaboration.

KINBER believes in the strength of a vibrant, collaborative community that can work with leading technology firms to address challenges of common interest for the common good. By connecting organizations, building relationships and sharing services, healthcare institutions can achieve far more together than they can alone.

 

Network Engineering Expertise

KINBER’s engineers are respected experts in the field and can provide customized configurations to link one office or multiple locations to PennREN. Whether it’s configuring BGP, IPv6, subnetting, or multicast, our networking team can find the right solution to meet the network needs of healthcare organizations.

Why Healthcare Loves KINBER

  • Healthcare providers can use KINBER services to benefit from health information exchange or gain access to other services (like Disaster Recovery, Data Centers, etc.) resulting in a more efficient and effective delivery of services.
  • KINBER may facilitate health-based research results in increased collaboration, improved data and resource sharing reduces costs and improves quality of care.
  • KINBER may facilitate telemedicine, video consultation, remote patient monitoring, and access to specialist care.
  • KINBER may help to level the playing field between urban and rural health capabilities.
  • Organizations may need KINBER to support systems to meet federal meaningful use requirements and improve health outcomes.
  • Healthcare organizations may have need for big data transmission and video, which KINBER enables, for research and telemedicine.
  • KINBER may facilitate the ability to use and share electronic records which promotes efficient exchange of patient health and treatment records.

 

PennREN, KINBER’s High Speed High Capacity Network

PennREN was built and is managed by KINBER. The network provides next generation broadband to non-profit organizations across 50 counties of Pennsylvania. It enables value-added services like Ultra (4K) high-definition (UHD) video, telepresence or videoconferencing, and data sharing. The collaborative environment also provides opportunities for member institutions to share best practices, content and programs across the network and save costs using KMEX, the KINBER Member Exchange.

Interested in accessing these services? Contact info@kinber.org for more information.


Healthcare Highlights

Geisinger Health System was the first health care organization to be connected to PennREN, and this story was profiled in the 2015 edition of The Quilt Circle, an annual review of research and education network highlights.

“Geisinger is a PennREN pioneer in the health care arena, and its connection to our high performance network will enable opportunities for innovation, such as transmission of big data for genomic research, telemedicine, video consultation, remote patient monitoring, and access to specialist care,” said KINBER Executive Director Wendy Huntoon.  “Healthcare providers can also use KINBER services to benefit from health information exchange or gain access to other services like disaster recovery and data centers, resulting in a more efficient and effective delivery of services,” she said.

In a test of the system in December 2014, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh were able to send a 175GB file of de-identified genomic data over the KMEX (KINBER Member Exchange Service) connection to Geisinger. Using KMEX saved researchers the time and expense of having the data burned to a hard drive and then shipped to Geisinger, said Raghu Metpally, PhD, a bioinformatics scientist at Geisinger’s Sigfried and Janet Weis Center for Research. “The whole process went very smoothly without any data loss or damage,” he said.

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