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Seminar about Arkansas broadband network on Friday at Pulaski Tech

The public is invited to learn what the Arkansas e-Link statewide broadband network can do for them in health and education during a free seminar Friday at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock.

“Arkansas e-Link — Building the Future through Telemedicine and Higher Education” will be presented from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall.

Community and civic leaders, business leaders, educators, physicians and staff, hospital administrators and other health care providers are encouraged to be there. To register or learn more, visit www.arkansaselink.com.

Arkansas e-Link, led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is using high-speed data transmission lines to connect 454 community institutions for videoconferencing. Among the 75 counties in the statewide network, e-Link will connect 124 sites in 12 counties in central Arkansas: Arkansas, Conway, Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lonoke, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren and White. The higher education component will facilitate resource sharing, collaboration and research opportunities at two-year and four-year colleges in Arkansas.

The broadband network also will allow patients to consult in real time with medical specialists in other locations through interactive video so the patients can receive needed health care near their homes. Hometown medical providers will be able to collaborate with distant medical specialists to co-manage patient care so they don’t have to refer patients to distant hospitals or clinics.

At the North Little Rock seminar, attendees will see demonstrations of how it all works, discover valuable resources, learn about multi-college faculty collaboration, share ideas about education technology and resources, observe virtual learning experiences for students, discover the enhancements offered to two-year colleges, learn the benefits of partnering, hear examples of successful telehealth programs and learn telehealth fundamentals.

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