Ann Arbor, Mich. – September 25, 2008 - Internet2 today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has joined Internet2 as an affiliate member and has connected to its nationwide network. Through its membership, VA can leverage the Internet2 backbone network as well as tap into the Internet2 community’s numerous collaboration opportunities, in order to enhance its partnerships with universities, medical schools, medical libraries and research institutions in the U.S. and around the world.
In the near term, VA plans to work with the Internet2 advanced networking community to investigate next-generation technologies like IPv6 and determine how these technologies can enhance the transmission of medical data and information. Additionally, the VA medical community intends to explore how the Internet2 Network may be used to support medical data sharing, distance learning, high resolution image transfers and bandwidth-intensive health science applications like telepresence, telepathology, and IP video for home healthcare.
VA connects to the Internet2 high performance nationwide network via the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads at one of the VA's existing secured Internet gateway locations in the Washington DC area. This link will facilitate communications between all VA facilities and affiliated institutions and business partners that are also using the Internet2 Network. As the VA network and business requirements evolve and the VA relationship with Internet2 expands, the Department may consider connections to Internet2 from other VA locations in the future to support specific projects and demonstrations.
“VA provides critical medical care and services to our nation’s veterans. We welcome VA to the Internet2 community and look forward to helping them to tap into a wide array of new healthcare resources via the Internet2 Network and community. We believe we will be able to work with them to enhance the care and services in the future for our nation’s veterans,” said Michael McGill, director of the Internet2 health sciences initiative. “We look forward to cultivating a long term and fruitful relationship with VA as the Internet2 community continues to focus more resources and development efforts on health sciences and the improvement of health research, education and clinical care through advanced networking.”
ABOUT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates nationwide programs for health care, financial assistance and burial benefits with a total 2007 budget of $82 billion. It has the second largest work force among agencies of the federal government, with the majority of employees in the Veterans Health Administration, the nation’s largest provider of direct health care delivery. VA’s medical system includes 155 medical centers and a total of 1,400 sites of care in a full spectrum of medical, surgical and rehabilitative care.
ABOUT THE MID-ATLANTIC CROSSROADS
The Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) is a Regional Optical Network (RON) consortium founded by Georgetown University, George Washington University, the University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech. The MAX mission is to serve the long term strategic planning, deployment, operation, and coordination for advanced internetworking services and initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. MAX serves the research and education community as well as collaborating organizations from the public sector, private/commercial sector, not- for-profits, and state and federal agencies that require access to leading edge telecommunications technologies. For more information about MAX, please visit http://www.maxgigapop.net/.
Internet2 is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium. Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. Internet2 brings the U.S. research and academic community together with technology leaders from industry, government and the international community to undertake collaborative efforts that have a fundamental impact on tomorrow's Internet. For more information: http://www.internet2.edu