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MSU College of Nursing joins rural health care technology network

May 4, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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This spring the Montana State University College of Nursing joined the Health Information Exchange of Montana (HIEM), a 425-mile fiber optic rural health care technology network.

HIEM is one of the most advanced and robust medical technology networks in Montana, according to Helen Melland, dean of the MSU College of Nursing. It connects 18 hospitals and clinics, as well as the MSU College of Nursing between Bozeman and Kalispell, and other educational institutions.

“HIEM is providing important connectivity between the MSU College of Nursing in Bozeman and one of the college’s five satellite campuses in Kalispell,” Melland said. “We’re very pleased to be part of this network.”

Sandy Kuntz, site coordinator of the MSU College of Nursing Kalispell campus, said the network has dramatically improved reliability, quality and connection speed for the campus’ interactive video system. As a result, she said, students are able to focus on learning, rather than on issues with connectivity and technology.

“Joining HIEM has been a very positive move for our students, as well as for our faculty members,” Kuntz said. “This technology is enabling our students and faculty to focus on the educational material. We’re thrilled to be part of HIEM.”

Robert Barksdale, IT coordinator for the MSU College of Nursing, said that joining the network was a collaborative effort among many from MSU, as well as from outside partners.

“Without everyone’s contributions, this connection would not be in place today,” Barksdale said.

More information about the MSU College of Nursing is available online at

Contact: Helen Melland, dean, MSU College of Nursing, (406) 994-3784 or