New England Telehealth Consortium signs deal with Hughes for broadband signals [The Telegraph, Nashua, N.H.]
(Telegraph (Nashua, NH) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 13--The New England Telehealth Consortium, a public/private group trying to create a sort of specialized Internet for hospitals and health care facilities around the region, is taking another step toward mobile "telehealth clinics."
The consortium has awarded a contract to Hughes to provide high-speed satellite services for mobile telehealth clinics throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
The initiative follows an FCC announcement that it is making up to $400 million available to health care providers to create and expand telemedicine networks nationwide.
Under the contract, Maryland-based Hughes will supply high-performance routers, which are integrated with AvL Technologies' auto-deploy antenna, enabling video conferencing, prescription dispensing, voice calls, transfer of electronic health records, viewing of digital images, telemedicine, and digital messaging.
This system can be set up rapidly and automatically establishes connectivity with the Hughes SPACEWAY 3 broadband satellite.
The consortium is creating a network allowing exchange of medical records, videoconferencing among medical professions, even remote-control surgery, depending on the speeds of the connection that facilities purchase. It also will provide access to the Internet and the higher-speed academic network known as Internet2.
So-called telemedicine is often seen as a relatively inexpensive way to spread medical treatment to rural and under-served areas, allowing specialists in one place to easily "see" patients who are far away.
The consortium has been largely funded by $24 million from the Federal Communications Commission's Rural Health Care Pilot Program. That award, given several years ago, is the largest given out under this program.
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