First Virtual Communications demonstrates Click To Meet Web conferencing at telemedicine seminar in Sweden

Stockholm 22 May 2003First Virtual Communications, a provider of rich media Web conferencing and collaboration solutions, has demonstrated its Click to Meet Web conferencing solution at a telemedicine seminar at the Swedish-based hospital Karolinska Hospital, along with Cisco Systems and Euromed Networks AB, a Swedish-based First Virtual reseller specialising in health care applications. The telemedicine seminar, hosted by one of the largest university hospitals in Sweden, focused on the e-health applications enabled by rich media communications and how video and Web conferencing specifically can empower health care.

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The seminar targeted medical professionals and included a demonstration of the live Click to Meet Web conferencing solution that has been deployed within Karolinska Hospital.

Network technician for Karolinska Hospital, Anders Eriksson, commented: "In conjunction with the development of the national Swedish infrastructure for health care, we selected First Virtual's Click to Meet as the core solution for our video and Web conferencing applications. Among other features, CISCO compatibility was critical to our selection. We are very pleased to host this seminar to share our experience with other medical professionals. We believe that video and Web conferencing technologies will become critical tools and resources for health care applications in the coming years, and will participate in the development of health access for anyone, from anywhere."

Sweden is one of the first countries in the world to be equipped with a national, broadband-based infrastructure for health care. Headed by Carelink, a Swedish national health care organisation, this infrastructure is based on a nation-wide IP network called "Sjunet" that allows the deployment of rich media communications including voice, video, Web collaboration and streaming media.

Following an extended review process last year, Carelink identified a recommended list of products and integrators, and First Virtual's Click to Meet solution was chosen. Further to this approval, one of the largest Swedish university hospitals, Karolinska Hospital, selected Click to Meet for its multipoint capabilities, as well as its single, easy-to-use user interface. The Click to Meet solution consists of Web-based applications, offering intuitive access to call features, an on-line directory and scheduling tools.

Having deployed a Cisco IP-based network, Karolinska Hospital also looked for a solution that could fully operate with the existing IP infrastructure. The Click to Meet architecture was designed to integrate seamlessly with Cisco IP networking infrastructure, making it easier for the end user to use and manage.

Regional Sales Manager at First Virtual Communications, Huw Williams, commented: "The telemedicine market is a specific vertical market that requires open, scalable and customisable solutions, while enabling customers to access the latest in advanced technologies. The deployment of our Click to Meet solution by the Karolinska Hospital further validates its quality, flexibility and reliability in a demanding conferencing and collaborative environment such as telemedicine. This seminar demonstrates the integration of networking and conferencing technologies and how the global solution can leverage health care applications."

Within Sweden, Karolinska Hospital is one of the largest university hospitals. It is currently a county hospital, and is closely affiliated with the adjacent university, Karolinska Institute. As a leading university hospital, Karolinska Hospital is always open for emergency and multitrauma cases. Karolinska Hospital includes a comprehensive children's hospital, and the largest lab facility in the Nordic region. They are a leader in the area of women's health, and offer comprehensive operations for diseases of the brain and nervous system.

As a research hospital, they are also pioneering care and research on diseases such as diabetes, allergies, circulatory and cardiovascular diseases, arthropathy, and lung diseases. Another key area is cancer care, a speciality dating back to the 1930s. With 8469 salaried employees, Karolinska Hospital has a total care capacity of 930 patients and admits approximately 61.000 patients every year.

Euromed Networks AB, a reseller of First Virtual Communications, is a Swedish company with many years experience and competence within, primarily, telemedicine and image management in Sweden and Europe. People at Euromed have the experience of over 150 telemedicine installations in hospitals and local medical centres throughout Sweden, the Nordic countries and in Great Britain as well as assisted in many telemedicine projects during the past few years.

The mission of Euromed is to assist the health and medical profession to develop products and services within the growing telemedicine area, as well as to pursue an IT-related consult organisation within security and management along with system development with the highest possible quality and customer benefits.

Headquartered in Redwood City, California, First Virtual Communications is a premier provider of next generation Web conferencing and collaboration solutions. It delivers award-winning integrated communications solutions that address the needs of business people who need to work together remotely to collaborate, train, demonstrate or sell. The company has defined the next generation of Web conferencing by adding optional video with easier enterprise deployment and a potentially greater return on investment.

The company's Click to Meet products provide business quality communication by supporting a wide range of industry standards and works in existing customer environments. The company's solutions integrate seamlessly with existing tools and methodologies, such as e-mail and Web browsing, while extending the advantages of instant messaging and collaboration environments, such as MSN Messenger and Microsoft Exchange. The company's innovative solutions are deployed in over 1400 customer sites worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and service providers with installations of up to 8000 seats.


Leslie Versweyveld

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