Southern Illinois Healthcare Advances Into Telemedicine

Written by Kristi Salmon on March 13, 2015.

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Mediacom Business Transforms SIH's Medical Technology Platform

Imagine having to travel 4-5 hours away from home simply to access essential medical facilities for tests, treatment or to care for a loved one. This used to be the challenging situation for residents of Carbondale and surrounding rural areas in Southern Illinois - that was until high capacity broadband via Mediacom Business’ fiber network became available.

Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH), the major health provider in the area, connects 3 hospitals, 21 clinics and 3,400 staff. Powered by Mediacom Business’ fiber network, the centralization of data and connectivity between locations has allowed for a level of communication that has propelled the level of healthcare SIH is providing. 

With a connected system designed to accommodate current and future needs, Southern Illinois Healthcare can now:

  • Remotely assess critical patients with neurologists able to diagnose and treat patients via real life images transmitted on digital devices
  • Concentrate on end user services rather than patching existing inferior systems to provide essential solutions
  • Access information quickly that improves productivity and efficiency, and can even save lives
  • Provide telemedicine by connecting clinics to hospitals and opening up information exchange channels

With a flexible network that is scalable, reliable and secure, Southern Illinois Healthcare is now in a position to effectively service the community while connecting with the rest of the world to ensure that they are providing the most up to date healthcare services.  This is possible because of the robust fiber connection provided by Mediacom Business.


About Southern Illinois Healthcare

Southern Illinois Healthcare is a not-for-profit integrated health system with over 3,400 employees. It comprises over twenty facilities, including three inpatient hospitals, two clinics, two physician office buildings, an urgent care and dedicated centers that include neuro, cancer, heart, sleep and rehabilitation.

About Carbondale, Illinois

Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt". The city is 96 miles (154 km) southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Carbondale is the home of the main campus of Southern Illinois University. The city has a population of 25,902, and it is the state's 20th-most-populated city outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area