AARNet enters the health domain

The AARNet high-speed internet service for Australia's education and research sector will provide staff and students from the University of Queensland with access to its eduroam service at major Queensland hospitals.

The eduroam service provides secure international roaming for Australian university students and staff visiting participating universities and institutions across the country and around the world.

The service will allow users to gain access to online resources including research papers, lecture notes and online libraries through desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphone devices while they are on site at several hospitals.

These include Princess Alexandra Hospital, QEII Hospital and Robina, Mackay and Townsville hospitals, as well as the Skills Development Centre at Herston. There are also plans for future rollouts at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital and the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

“The introduction of this new service in Queensland’s major hospitals will open the door for new opportunities to enhance teaching, learning and research in the health sector,” AARNet CEO Chris Hancock said in a statement.

“This initiative is the first of its kind in Australia for the health sector and was developed with the backing of the Queensland government and the higher education sector. The project is a great example of collaboration in the research arena that’s so essential for effective innovation and research.

“This is an important new service for the health sector that we can now be used as a model for health precincts across the rest of the country.”

AARNet has already begun working with NSW Health and health institutions in Victoria to deploy a similar service and AARNet’s centralised RADIUS server is aimed at providing a national solution in the future.

The service will be run on the AARNet3 Network, which connects research and education facilities around the country to each other and internationally across multiple 10 gigabit per second links.

AARNet is operated by a not-for-profit company owned by 38 Australian universities and the CSIRO.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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