Our Health Care Community - NCTN

North Carolina TeleHealth Network - Public Health and Hospitals

Welcome to MCNC’s web space with information related to the North Carolina TeleHealth Network (NCTN)!

As health care evolves and is increasingly reliant on Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and Internet-enabled research for the next great cures, enhanced broadband connectivity becomes critically essential.

MCNC along with our collaborators, the Cabarrus Health Alliance and the N.C. State Government Department of Information Technology, are proud to support non-profit health care organizations through the North Carolina Telehealth Network (NCTN).

NCTN Purpose

The NCTN is a dedicated network for health care organizations that uses both the NC Research and Education Network (NCREN) infrastructure and the N.C. State Government Department of Information Technology (DIT) network infrastructure to provide optimal highly reliable, cost-efficient services. The NCTN provides health care institutions with the network infrastructure required to utilize a diverse set of telehealth and health care applications and serves the high-bandwidth, low latency network needs of health practitioners and researchers throughout North Carolina.

The NCTN is designed to create a dedicated broadband network to support:

  • The exchange of health information
  • Access to tele-education facilities
  • Access to tele-medicine applications
  • Disaster monitoring and response support
  • The suite of emerging health IT services that increase value to the public in NC

NCTN Phases

The project started with three phases under the Rural Health Care Pilot Program (RHCPP).

  • Public Health (PH) includes public health agencies, free clinics, and rural health centers
  • Hospitals (H)
  • Finally the extension phase that included both public health and hospitals (EX).

The permanent program, called the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) has now replaced the RHCPP and includes both Public Health and Hospitals.

Resources and Links

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The NCTN receives subsidized funding via the FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program (RHCPP) and the permanent Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF).

Project Direction

The NCTN project is directed by the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) in Kannapolis, NC.

NCTN Overview

  • CHA has partnered with MCNC to provide broadband services that will link health programs and sites across the state
  • Expands the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) to serve the health care community
  • The N.C. State Government Department of Information Technology (DIT) is a sub-contractor for the project, providing select network infrastructure and technical support services; this unique collaboration allows the State of North Carolina to work with the non-profit MCNC in delivery of optimal network and support services to MCNC customers. Private sector telecommunications services providers connect the sites at the “Last Mile” local level
NCTN is a collaboration of CHA, DIT and MCNC where high quality service is our goal.