Arkansas e-Link, a statewide broadband network, will begin operations in Crittenden County, connecting health care and educational institutions for telemedicine and distance learning.
A demonstration of the training and equipment capabilities was held today at Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis. With most of the e-Link technology already in place at sites in the county, services will begin once personnel at those locations complete training with the new equipment and systems.
Arkansas e-Link, led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, is using high-speed data transmission lines to connect 413 community institutions for videoconferencing between medical professionals, patients and doctors and others along with the real-time exchange of patient data and readings. Twelve of the 413 are in Crittenden County. When the rollout is completed, e-Link will have a presence in all 75 Arkansas counties.