MCBI and eXstream Solutions offer medical e-learning content in a virtual classroom

Cambridge 09 February 2001In an effort to further its Telemedicine and Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programmes, Medical Center of Boston International (MCBI) has established a collaborative partnership with eXstream Solutions, a provider of digital media technology software, infrastructure, and services, which enable highly interactive multimedia-centric e-learning content. By combining the advanced virtual classroom technology of eXstream Solutions with the expertise of some of the world's finest physicians, MCBI is providing an e-learning solution for its Telemedicine and CME programmes. This collaboration has created an effective platform for MCBI to inform medical colleagues around the world of the latest advances in medical procedures and technology.

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The programme was launched on February 7, 2001 in Boston, Massachusetts by MCBI, Boston and MGR Medical University Chennai in Madras, India . The programme was introduced by Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin, Chairman and CEO, Chief Emeritus of Cardiology at the New England Baptist Hospital and was followed by a presentation by Dr. David Gomlin on the topic of "The Role of ACE Inhibitors with Hypertension in the New Millennium". In attendance in Chennai was Vice Chancellor Dr. K. Ananda Kannan Tamilnadu of MGR Medical University Chennai, the deans from a number of prestigious Indian medical schools, eminent cardiologists, physicians, and medical students.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Ananda Kannan commented: "In our Telemedicine programme with MCBI, this conference was a real eye opener in the power of technology in creating a virtual clinical classroom effect." Dr. Kannan also added that a post graduate student stated that it was like attending a major international medical conference without leaving the country. "We are very pleased to work with eXstream Solutions on this exciting project. For the first time, we can deliver the latest in medical technology in an interactive classroom setting to all of our colleagues regardless of their global location", Dr. Mohiuddin commented. Those who were unable to attend, they can view the class via video on-demand by logging into the MCBI Web site following the class' conclusion.

Stated Aby Alexander, President and Chief Technology Officer of eXstream Solutions: "Partnering with MCBI makes telemedicine and continuing medical education a reality. Our technology enables MCBI to compile their valuable knowledge and reliably distribute it across geographic boundaries in a secure and scalable manner."

MCBI Inc. specialises in tertiary care, the treatment of difficult medical conditions that require advanced and complex procedures performed by top medical specialists at modern, state-of-the art hospitals. Their telemedicine CME programmes are designed to provide education to this distributed audience of physicians located around the world. By using this advanced digital media management platform, MCBI will be able to provide a highly interactive virtual classroom environment and facilitate knowledge share through the archival of content on an on-demand basis for additional reference.

A leader in delivering live and on-demand multimedia-based e-learning solutions, eXstream Solutions enables educational content providers and Global 2000 organisations to create, manage and deliver content within a virtual classroom environment. eXstream's Open-Learn product suite provides users with a more compelling on-line learning experience by integrating live and instantly archived on-demand audio, video and text with collaboration tools and interactivity. Open-Learn leverages robust digital content storage and delivery capabilities to manage this valuable content. As a result, eXstream's software and infrastructure transforms traditional trainings into valuable content across the extended enterprise. eXstream has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City.


Leslie Versweyveld

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