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Hackensack Meridian Health is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network and has embarked on a journey to create one integrated network to change how health care is delivered across the state. To help in this mission and expand their reach into top research and academic institutions, Hackensack Meridian Health has partnered with Edge to access the technology needed to accomplish their goals.

Hackensack Meridian Health has selected Edge’s optical fiber network, EdgeNet, for low latency, secure, high-speed internet access. EdgeNet provides high-speed networking resources to university researchers who are looking to connect with other leading professionals in their field. EdgeNet’s peering connections will help improve the speed and efficiency of the commodity internet by reducing traffic and improving network performance on Internet2. This esteemed research and education network is an advanced technology community that provides a collaborative space for organizations to bring their educational, research, and community service visions to life.

Advancing Research

Many of Hackensack Meridian Health’s physicians are also world-class accomplished researchers, spanning a wide variety of disciplines, including cell therapy, immunotherapy, precision medicine, and vaccine development. “By connecting Hackensack Meridian Health to Internet2 and a growing collaborative research infrastructure, we’re working to advance the cause of scientific discovery in the state and stake a claim as leaders in the research space,” said Dr. Samuel Conn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edge.

Through a presence on Internet2, Hackensack Meridian Health will be able to participate in research grants including those from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Partnering with Edge allows Hackensack Meridian Health to reach for new big data opportunities,” said David Reis, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “I’m excited to bring Internet2 to our integrated health care network, which provides us with new possibilities for collaborative research. Being on Internet2 demonstrates that Hackensack Meridian Health and research innovation go hand-in-hand.”

All areas of Hackensack Meridian Health will benefit from this high-speed access including the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and the John Theurer Cancer Center. The research experts of this health care network have developed many groundbreaking therapies in cancer care and are affiliated with some of the nation’s top cancer centers. The John Theurer Cancer Center is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive cancer program and the center recently received approval from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a research consortium member of the NCI-approved Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium to the Center for Discovery and Innovation.

EdgeNet’s peering connection to Internet2 enables Edge members to connect directly to the nation’s premier coast-to-coast research and education network, broadly expanding the reach and impact of individual research initiatives. As Reis explains, “This high-speed, low latency peering capability brings top tier research network services to Hackensack Meridian Health that we will benefit from now and well into the future.”