Maine Health Alliance extends access to health care in rural Maine using Trestle telemedicine products

Newport Beach 23 December 2003Maine Health Alliance (MHA), a non-profit organisation consisting of approximately 325 physicians and 11 hospitals in Northern Maine, has purchased MedReach, a telemedicine product, developed by Trestle Holdings Inc., a supplier of tissue imaging and network medicine applications. MedReach provides real-time integrated medical data sharing among physicians and patients while enabling the remote examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.


Using the company's MedReach system, MHA will now offer speciality care to underserved rural patients in Northern Maine by linking six rural sites to the St. Joseph Healthcare System. The participating sites in Maine include Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, and St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.

"The lack of access to speciality health care has been identified as a statewide concern for Maine and we are excited that we now have the technology to help address this concern", stated Sister Mary Norberta, C.S.S.F., FACHE, president and CEO, St. Joseph Healthcare. "We want to be able to provide the best possible care to our patients without having them worry about transportation."

"We are very pleased to be collaborating with Maine Health Alliance to improve health care access throughout the state of Maine", stated Michael Doherty, chairman of the board of directors, Trestle Holdings Inc. "We look forward to working with additional health care providers, like Maine Health Alliance, to improve patient care through implementing our telemedicine technology."

In addition to improving access to speciality care for rural patients, MHA plans to utilize MedReach to offer distance learning opportunities and continuing education medical courses to isolated health care providers via the Internet. MHA is expected to go live with MedReach in January 2004.

Trestle Holdings Inc. develops and sells digital imaging and telemedicine applications to the life sciences markets. The company's products, MedReach, MedMicro and MedScan, link dispersed users with each other, information databases, and analytical tools. This improved integration drives cost savings and process efficiencies, enables new collaboration and data analysis methods, improves the pre-clinical and clinical phases of research and development for new drugs, and enhances patient care.

Trestle's digital imaging products, MedMicro and MedScan, have the potential to transform the pathologist work environment by capturing digital images of tissue samples and enabling the sharing, archiving, and analysis of these images. MedMicro, the company's live microscopy product, allows multiple physicians and scientists to remotely view, navigate, and share high fidelity microscope images at sub-micron resolution over standard Internet connections in real time.

MedScan, the company's second generation imaging product, performs high-speed whole glass slide digitization. MedScan facilitates image analysis, data management, digital work flow and data association applications for clinical and research customers. For example, for pharmaceutical companies, MedScan enables improvements to the pre-clinical and clinical phases of research and development through better capture, management and analysis of tissue sample information.

Telemedicine enables the remote delivery of patient care using integrated health information systems and telecommunications technologies. Trestle's integrated telemedicine product, MedReach, allows scientists, physicians and other medical professionals around the world to service more patients. MedReach uses proprietary software and standard computer and medical hardware to facilitate remote examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients through real-time integration of voice, video, medical devices, and patient data.

Leslie Versweyveld

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