Advanced Radvision technology brings video conferencing facilities to rural hospitals and health education centres

Mawah 08 October 2001The Adirondack Area Network (AAN) will utilise Radvision's networking solutions to provide video conferencing to rural New York health education centres and hospitals. Radvision is the source of industry-standard products and technology for real time voice and video communication over IP (V2oIP). Using this company's multipoint conferencing units (MCU), gateways and gatekeeper applications, AAN's networking services will be implemented by Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center, Rural Health Training Center (RHTC), Hoosick Falls Health Center, Bennington Hospital, Elizabethtown Community Hospital, and Clifton-Fine Hospital to provide telemedicine and distance learning services.

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Funding to provide networking services to these organisations comes from a $15 million grant the USDA announced this past summer, which will furnish assistance to 42 distance learning and telemedicine projects in 20 states and American Samoa. The AAN, which provides advanced telecommunications services to remote areas of Upstate New York, will supply video conferencing to these new customers. In turn, the hospitals will use video conferencing to provide rural patients with access to special care which they would otherwise have to wait months or years to receive.

The rural health training and education centres will apply video conferencing to provide distance learning and training to hospitals and health care centres located in remote areas. This will allow rural doctors and nurses to stay with their patients and save hours of travel time for trainers. "Advanced video conferencing is becoming increasingly important because it allows us to expand the number of programmes we are able to offer by giving us access to experts at universities and hospitals all over the country", stated Linda Moerschell, director of the RHTC. "More importantly, with video conferencing we can deliver training to small, remote hospitals that we were unable to reach before because of cost or travel issues."

"Multipoint video conferencing is a component of our service offering which health care customers are finding more and more valuable because of the benefits of telemedicine and distance learning", said Jackie Ford, vice president of technology initiatives for AAN. "However, many of our customers are located in rural locations where traditional broadband connections are still uncommon. Radvision's MCUs and gateways allow them to have seamless connectivity to voice and video communications no matter where they are hosted or who they are connected to over standard telephone lines."

"Telemedicine and distance learning are two excellent examples of how our networking products enable the medical community to benefit from video conferencing", commented Gadi Tamari, chief executive officer of Radvision. "More and more enterprises are turning to video conferencing as a cost-effective alternative to improve their communication infrastructure and reduce costs. Radvision enables them to do this, with the medical field being one of many target markets for us. We are proud to assist the AAN as they continue to provide valuable service to organisations in need of access."

Radvision is a provider of products and technology for real time voice, video, and data communications over packet networks. This includes the Internet and other Internet Protocol (IP) based networks. Recognised universally as the experts in real time voice and video over IP, the company offers the broadest and most complete set of enabling technology and networking systems needed to enable enterprises and service providers to migrate their voice and video communications from traditional telephone networks to new converged networks.

Today, hundreds of thousands of end-users around the world communicate over next-generation networks, using IP-centric products and solutions built around Radvision products and technology. Radvision's multi-protocol software toolkits for developers of IP communications include SIP, MEGACO, MGCP, and H.323 while the company's V2oIP networking products consist of gateways, conferencing bridges, and gatekeeper applications.


Leslie Versweyveld

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