Satellite operator Hughes Network Systems has won a four-year contract from the New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC) to provide satellite services for mobile telehealth clinics in rural parts of Northern New England.
A federally funded consortium of healthcare providers, NETC (Bangor, USA) has been working to develop a private telecoms network that gives healthcare providers fast access to research, medical records and remote medical diagnostics.
“Leveraging satellite broadband is a game changer for telehealth, especially for patients in rural areas who will now be able to receive top quality care through enhanced telemedicine and information sharing,” said Brian Thibeau, the president of NETC.
The contract will see Hughes (Germantown, USA) supply high-performance routers that can facilitate video conferencing, prescription dispensing, the transfer of Electronic Health Records, the viewing of digital images and digital messaging.
Hughes says the technology is transportable and can be set up rapidly to provide connectivity with its SPACEWAY 3 broadband satellite.
“Healthcare providers in Northern New England will have access to current research, improved medicine and support from medical experts through enhanced telemedicine,” said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes.
The implementation of the technology is being handled by ProInfoNet (Bangor, USA), an independent telecoms and computer consulting firm.
“Patients can now receive excellent remote medical care whether a mobile clinic is parked in rural Maine or docked at an offshore island,” said Jim Rogers, the president of ProInfoNet. “This satellite technology allows medical providers at NETC connected hospitals to provide telemedicine services to NETC mobile clinics across the region.”