The Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS) wide area network (WAN) is a state-of-the-art, secure teleheath network designed to meet the telehealth needs of the Alaska Tribal Health System organizations in all areas of Alaska. Stretching from Barrow in the north to the Southeast Alaskan community of Metlakatla, the WAN connects healthcare professionals, increasing access to care for some of Alaska's most remote communities.
The network was originally built to support the AFHCAN store and forward software, but has expanded to support many other services such as:
- Health Information systems access and integration
- Distance Education
- Video Conferencing
- Voice Over IP
- Managed VPN access
The WAN was designed by healthcare professionals from around the state and is managed by a talented team of Anchorage-based networking professionals with several years of experience designing and managing rural healthcare networks.
ANTHC is currently expanding the use of videoconferencing across the WAN through a grant from the Technology Opportunities Program, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. This grant is fueling the creation of "RAVEN" - the Rural Alaska Video E-health Network. Over the next three years, ANTHC will work with healthcare providers around the state to make videoconferencing more available and easier to use. RAVEN aims to improve videoconferencing for clinical, administrative, and educational purposes.