ArribaCare TeleHealth Project to introduce e-MedSoft's Collaborative Medical Network in Northern New Mexico

Jacksonville Beach 28 September 2000Rio Arriba Family Care Network (RAFCN) Inc., a community-based coalition of health and human service providers in Northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County, has selected, a leading Application Service Provider (ASP) of comprehensive health care portal solutions, to design and manage a Collaborative Medical Network (CMN) for its ArribaCare TeleHealth Project.


Congressman Tom Udall formally announced funding of RAFCN's TeleHealth Project which was made possible through a grant from the United States Department of Commerce and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Partners in the TeleHealth project include, Rio Arriba Family Care Network (RAFCN), Las Clinicas del Norte, the Health Centers of Northern New Mexico, and St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe.

In the first phase of the project, the company will construct a secure communications platform, supporting deployment of collaborative e-health care applications to the different network providers in the ArribaCare TeleHealth Project. Plans for the second phase include the enabling of remote examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients via secure private interactions.

By leveraging's best-of-breed communications, collaborative software, robust image capture, manipulation capabilities, and the latest in video technology, multi-media patient information will increase the access to speciality health care anywhere in the network. The creation of a Virtual Patient Record and Health Information Management System, deployed via e-MedSoft's secure ASP, will enable participants in the project to exchange multi-media electronic medical records and health information quickly and easily anywhere an authorised user is located. The resulting care network will enable health care providers in the project to fully interact with their patients, delivering quality care in a convenient and cost-effective manner.

Rio Arriba County is a largely rural county which struggles with many issues arising from its socio-economic conditions, geographic isolation, lack of health insurance, and other challenges to the delivery of health care. By creating secure electronic connectivity between the sites in the ArribaCare TeleHealth Project,'s CMN solution will facilitate improved health care outcomes by enabling communication and co-ordination across a multi-site, regional health care system.

RAFCN Project Manager Darren Griego commented that his team is excited to have as its commercial partner in designing an affordable system of health care delivery to virtually all residents of Rio Arriba County. "We believe that e-MedSoft's CMN is the beginning of our campaign to enhance the quality of care delivered to our patients. e-MedSoft's solutions are uniquely able to help us develop and monitor best practices, including non-traditional interventions, in the treatment of hypertension, depression, diabetes, and chemical abuse and dependency."

John F. Andrews, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of, stated that his company is privileged to have been chosen to provide its innovative network medicine solutions to the Arriba TeleHealth Project. The CMN application will allow patients in rural Rio Arriba County to overcome the distance, time, and socio-cultural barriers that currently impede access to quality health care services, according to his viewpoint.

Mr. Andrews also added: "We believe our recent success in securing contracts in the area of network medicine demonstrates the efficacy and success of our multi-media solutions. We continue to aggressively pursue new business opportunities in this rapidly growing segment of the market and believe we are delivering added value for providers and consumers of health care services. In this way, we are building long-term value for our shareholders."

The Rio Arriba Family Care Network Inc. is a community-based coalition of health and human service providers in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. The ArribaCare Project is a collaborative initiative to make affordable health care available to virtually all residents of Rio Arriba County. ArribaCare, which is supported by the R.W. Johnson and Kellogg Foundations, is trying to achieve improved health outcomes for medically indigent people through health care co-ordination and innovative public-private financing.

More news about, as the first subscription-based health care management system accessible for delivery through the Internet, is available in the VMW October 2000 article Good-bye to travel, welcome to the virtual care environment at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Leslie Versweyveld

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