Cook County is partnering with the Chicago Transit Authority to bring high-speed broadband infrastructure to Stroger Hospital.
The agreement will allow the county to use eight strands of the CTA's broadband fiber optic cable. Using existing public assets avoids costing taxpayers.
The cable will connect Stroger Hospital to the county's downtown campus. The CTA will benefit from shared maintenance costs for that segment of the network.
New broadband access will allow electronic medical records, health information exchange and telemedicine. Shared datacenters will also reduce costs.
Toni Preckwinkle is the Cook County board president. She says the Cook County-CTA partnership is a critical step to modernize the county hospital system.
The network is expected to be completed by the end of this year.