BellSouth is implementing a 600-mile fiber network backbone to connect a series of medical facilities covering five counties in Florida and Georgia.

The network, which is designed to be self-healing in the event of a cut, is to link facilities operated by Baptist Health. The network will be used for data, video, digital medical imaging, clinical information systems and shared applications, according to BellSouth.

“High availability, reliability and affordability were key criteria for any network connections between our five hospitals, primary care centers and specialty facilities,” said Dave Dully, director of technology for Baptist Health. “We require redundant systems and high bandwidth built on a secure infrastructure with lots of flexibility and scalability.”