American-Russian exchange of telemedicine software and services via virtual private network over satellite

New York 06 December 1999SevenMountains Software company, which is a leading provider of collaborative computing solutions for intranets, extranets and virtual private networks (VPN), has been asked to join a project conducted by the TELCOT or Telecommunications Management & Collaborative Technologies Institute at the California State University, Hayward, on behalf of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the City of Livermore in order to create a prototype for joint research among scientists in the Bay Area, California and the region of Snezhinsk in Russia. The SevenMountains' 7M Integrate product will be utilised by the Institute as an intelligent data base management system. This system will provide control of patient records in multi-point and collaborative satellite-terrestrial environments in which electronic records are combined with medical images.


Third-party applications will include software currently being used by the TELCOT Institute, as well as imaging software provided by New Mexico Software that allows for the exchange and viewing of high-resolution medical images, such as x-rays. This entire collaboration will take place within a real time virtual private network using satellite communications as the primary source of data transfer. SevenMountains CEO Morten von Krogh states that as government agencies transition from a client-server model to a network computing model, SevenMountains wants to be at the forefront of new technologies such as telemedicine to show how government can expand their research using unique, powerful solutions.

According to the TELCOT Institute, there are two primary objectives to the Snezhinsk project. One is to develop a collaborative telemedicine service provider that will meet the health care needs in the Ural Mountains. This undertaking will include remote analysis and treatment of Russian patients who have been exposed to long-term, low-level radiation that has plagued the region since a nuclear explosion took place in 1957. The second objective is to create business opportunities for the Snezhinsk scientists by engaging them in the collaborative research and development of telemedicine software. They will use the newly-developed tools to improve the quality of health care in the Snezhinsk region and also commercialise the resulting products in the United States.

Dr. Alexander Bordetsky, Director of the TELCOT Institute believes that the SevenMountains company has delivered the missing link for the Snezhinsk project. Their contribution consists of a framework allowing to seamlessly and securely integrate complex telemedicine applications and serve them up remotely via satellite to create a real time collaborative environment. Thus, the TELCOT Institute will make the 7M Integrate application framework and groupware suite their standard global networking environment. Through this partnership, domestic and global entities will connect via an Aynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) configuration over satellite or through the Internet.

Participants will be able to publish and share any data, and collaborate in a secure private network. TELCOT and SevenMountains' strategic alliance includes co-development, co-research and the sharing of advanced test bed facilities. The focus of this venture will be on satellite and communications management, intelligent management of high-speed terrestrial tele-traffic, and collaborative teleconferencing and data exchange. All applications and tools that evolve from this alliance will be integrated into future versions of the SevenMountains' 7M Integrate framework.

SevenMountains Software was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in San Mateo, California. This firm provides a leading integration framework for creating server-centric solutions, with a fully tailored desktop environment and team-focused groupware suite. The company's flagship product, 7M Enterprise, is designed for use in cross-platform and thin client computing environments, offering a virtual private network (VPN) that allows real time collaborative computing over the Internet or via satellite. This solution can provide organisations greater control over their mission-critical data and allows seamless integration with existing information resources and legacy systems.

The TELCOT Institute is the telecommunications research and development arm of California State University, Hayward, and works in co-operation with worldwide partners to promote advances in telecommunications technologies into organisational management. Their work involves satellite, terrestrial and collaborative multimedia communications. Some of the specific areas of their research and development constitute intelligent command and control, telemedicine, distance learning and virtual teamwork applications. Among the current partners are the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA, Cisco, Stanford University, and New Mexico Software.

Leslie Versweyveld

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