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Rush-Copley sees potential in fiber optic connection

Updated: January 16, 2014 6:41AM

Rush-Copley Medical Center has become the first health care facility to utilize Aurora’s fiber optic network through a partnership with OnLight Aurora, a not-for-profit organization working to bring the network to the city’s community anchor institutions.

“When we tested and demonstrated their connectivity to the Internet, Rush-Copley was impressed with the speed and latency,” said Mark McCoy, OnLight Aurora Board member. “When we demonstrated the speed connecting to other OnLight Aurora customers they could see the endless possibilities.”

The move should open up new opportunities for Rush-Copley, officials with the medical center said.

“Rush-Copley prides itself on being a technology leader with the high level of medical care we provide the community,” said Rush-Copley Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Diederich. “The OnLight initiative is in total keeping with our commitment to advanced medicine.”

Connectivity to the fiber optic network will allow Rush Copley access to two-way audio and video conferencing, which has the potential to provide both patient and medical service providers with a new tool to diagnose and treat patients. In addition, the hospital will have access to the network’s data center to store volumes of information in an secure setting.

“The OnLight Aurora connection is a critical, redundant Internet access tool for us, ensuring that patients, guests and caregivers are connected immediately. The OnLight Aurora project has incredible potential for our future growth and technology needs,” said Dennis DeMasie, vice president, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Rush-Copley.

Rush-Copley will also have direct and immediate access to schools, social service agencies, and businesses that are also connected to the network .

“To be able to connect the current high school health care curriculum with a world-class, respected organization like Rush, will transform education as we know it and provide our students with the tools necessary to advance their studies in ways we never thought possible,” said Don Ringelstein, director of technology for West Aurora School District 129.

In 2013, OnLight Aurora has provided connectivity to educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and an array of businesses including West Aurora School District 129, the Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora University, Alarm Detection Systems, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and PDS. Aurora Christian Schools, Indian Prairie School District 204, and a number of downtown Aurora businesses are expected to be connected in the near future, OnLight officials said.

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