Roger L. Holloway has been named CEO and president of the Illinois Rural HealthNet after a reorganization designed to broaden the scope and reach of the network, according to John L. Lewis, chairman of the IRHN board.
IRHN is a high-speed, fiber-optic network that links rural Illinois hospitals and clinics with tertiary hospitals, and also throughout the nation. IRHN’s network allows health care providers to connect to the fiber backbone and exchange vital information over a dedicated network: www.illinoisruralhealthnet.org.
Lewis said Holloway brings more than 30 years of health care experience to the IRHN, where he will focus on establishing partnerships with hospitals and clinics to provide them with the bandwidth they need to meet future health care demands.
Holloway is employed by Northern Illinois University as executive director of Rural Health Resource Services. He also is co-director of the Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center, responsible for EHR adoption in the majority of the state.
Holloway has been actively involved with the IRHN since its beginnings about five years ago. He recently resigned his position on the IRHN Executive Board, where he served as secretary.
The IRHN is a nonprofit corporation of health care providers that have come together to deploy and maintain a high-speed network to connect rural hospitals and health care clinics in Illinois.