Technology for first home telecare project in Canada implemented by American TeleCare

Eden Prairie 03 March 2000The West Prince Health Authority of Prince Edward Island, located in Canada, has purchased American TeleCare Inc.'s home telecare systems and implementation services to be utilised in Canada's first home telecare programme. Digital Image FX company, a Nova Scotia based telemedicine supplier and consulting firm, assisted the health care organisation in finding technology appropriate for its applications. West Prince Health Authority of Prince Edward Island provides home care and hospice services to residents of this Canadian island province.

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"The search for technology to improve patient quality of care while increasing nursing efficiency led us to telemedicine. We primarily deal with patients who are in the last stage of their life, and this technology will be instrumental in responding rapidly to our patients' needs when they have concerns or are in crisis", explains Myra Ramsay, RN, Home Care and Support's telemedicine co-ordinator. "Digital led us to American TeleCare (ATI). We are very happy with the quality of ATI's technology as well as their ability to assist us in implementing our programme."

"Canada's nationalised health care system is a perfect financial model for home telemedicine due to its demonstrated ability to bring down the cost of care delivery and overall health care costs through an early intervention and reduced Emergency Room visits and hospitalisations", articulates Wayne Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Image and a recognised expert in the field of telemedicine.

"This project, that is funded by telemedicine grants through the Health Infrastructure Support Program of Health Canada, the government's health care arm, Veterans Affairs Canada, and Knowledge Economy Partnership of Prince Edward Island, forms only the beginning. As the clinical and financial outcomes are tracked and reported, home telemedicine is certainly bound to grow within the country. The project has already generated enthusiasm in the Canadian health care community."

Khalid Mahmud, M.D., American TeleCare's CEO and founder, affirms that his company is very pleased about home telemedicine's entry in Canada. It makes perfect sense for any country with a nationalised health care system. American TeleCare Inc. pioneered the concept of home telemedicine in 1993. The Company developed the AVIVA System. The system, cleared by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), combines live audio and video, and unique, patented medical peripherals, allowing the clinician to remotely visit a home based patient.

American TeleCare equally developed the patented CARETONE telephonic stethoscope, the industry leading telephonic stethoscope, which allows high quality heart and lung sounds to pass over a POTS or ISDN telephone line. Having installed the majority of existing home telemedicine programmes, the company is recognised as the world leader in this industry. Headquartered in Minnesota, American TeleCare is a privately held corporation. Please, find more information about this company in VMW's February 2000 article Zydacron and American TeleCare to provide interoperability for CareTone telephonic stethoscopes.


Leslie Versweyveld

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