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Communications networks connect, divide Iowa hospitals

Des Moines Register, March 2, 2009

The federal government is spending nearly $18 million to hook every Iowa hospital to fiber-optic communications networks, but there's no guarantee that the hospitals all will be able to talk to each other easily. The projects are part of a national push to increase the use of electronic medical records. Supporters say the networks will allow staff members at one hospital to rush medical scans and other vital patient records to their counterparts at a different hospital.