HUNTINGTON — A high-speed broadband health care network now connects Marshall University and the medical school with St. Mary's Medical Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Marshall President Stephen Kopp said the Huntington Area Metro Fiber project means an integrated and secure network that allows for the sharing of medical records among connected facilities.

"If you are a patient being monitored by someone here, the degree of speed to transmit an X-ray is everything," Rockefeller said during a recent ceremony at the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center.

Rockefeller also used the event to announce that 93 health care locations across the state will receive high-speed Internet upgrades to help provide connectivity to one another and to major hospitals.

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