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IT Operations - Network Operations
Wide Area Network OverviewThe Indian Health Service (IHS) Wide Area Network extends across 35 states and connects over 400 federal, tribal and urban heath care facilities. It also provides network connectivity to a number of health care partners such as insurance providers, laboratory services and pharmacies.
The network enables many of the day-to-day activities at the IHS facilities by providing access to:
The Wide Area Network also provides access to the Internet and the HHS network where applications such as UFMS and ITAS live.
Role of NOSCThe Network Operations and Security Center (NOSC) manage the Wide Area Network and provide the following services.
In the future, an increasing number of new health care programs will depend upon the connectivity provided by the Wide Area Network. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provides HHS with the authority to establish a number of new programs to improve health care quality and efficiency through the promotion of health information technology (HIT). This includes the effective use of electronic health records and establishing secure electronic health information exchange gateways between health care providers.
The implementation of these new programs will increase the dependency for IHS to have a secure and adaptable Wide Area Network to provide the required connectivity to all federal, tribal and urban facilities.