Begin Main Content Area

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) has implemented its redundant communication system as a subsystem of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 800 MHz Statewide Radio System (PA-STARnet).  


The PA-STARnet was constructed by the Commonwealth to provide two-way voice and data communications for all state agencies.


PADOH Radio Subsystem consists of a network of fixed radio control stations, mobile vehicular tactical network (VTAC) radios and portables, located at 66 PADOH facilities, 16 Regional EMS Councils, 10 county and municipal health departments, 2 poison control centers and 198 hospitals.  

The primary function of the PADOH Radio Subsystem is to provide redundant communications between and among PADOH and partner agency facilities in the event that primary means of communication become interrupted.