Informatics Research Seminar: NC TeleHealth Network: Enabling Strategic Use of Networked Health Applications

 October 1 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: J. David Kirby, MS, CISSP, CHPS
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Health care providers, researchers, and educators increasingly depend on wide availability and use of high-speed, highly available, and affordable broadband services to support EHR usage, telehealth consulting applications, remote monitoring, teleeducation, image transmission, voice services, and other networked applications. Providing these services is the mission of the NC TeleHealth Network (NCTN). The NCTN is a broadband services program connecting public and non-profit healthcare providers in North Carolina to each other, the Internet, and Internet2. The network has completed a pilot phase (implementation at 135 sites in NC) and is entering an expansion phase, with expectations for implementation at 1,000-2,000 NC sites over the next two to three years. This presentation will cover the development, operation, and future of the NCTN with a focus on critical technical, security, and business issues.


J. David Kirby, MS, CISSP, CHPS has spent over 30 years in various roles involving innovation in the use of information technology (IT) in healthcare, including Duke’s mainframe, network, and telehealth environments. He provides consulting in information security and privacy and emerging IT projects and is also the project director for the NC Telehealth Network. Typical projects focus on working with healthcare organizations, consortiums, and their partners to develop and operate large grant-based programs involving health IT and telehealth; assess risk, policies, and practices for information security and privacy programs; perform strategic planning involving health IT; and act as an expert witness in cases involving health information security and privacy issues.