Montclair State University and Medical Missions for Children announce partnership for digital video library

Montclair 04 December 2006Montclair State University (MSU) and Medical Missions for Children (MMC), host of a global telemedicine and teaching network that helps treat children in some of the world's poorest regions, have signed an agreement in which the University will serve as the digital repository for MMC's extensive video library of medical programming.

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The agreement positions the University as a global knowledge centre for health information and advances its educational mission in a way that will make a positive difference in the lives of children.

"The agreement complements Montclair State's emphasis in global education and takes advantage of the University's achievements in the development of an advanced technological infrastructure", stated University President Dr. Susan A. Cole. "New Jersey has some extraordinary institutions, and when we share assets and expertise through partnerships, we expand what we can do in exciting ways. The Medical Missions Global Video Library will be a unique and critical health care resource with an international impact."

Medical Missions for Children specializes in using advanced communications technology to help save the lives of critically-ill children around the world. Through a platform of satellite and Internet-based communications, the organisation connects paediatric specialists based at major medical centres in the United States with physicians at health care facilities in Latin America, Africa, India, and Eastern Europe, as well as in medically underserved communities in the United States. These real-time, two-way diagnostic and treatment consultations aid in the treatment of an estimated 1500 children each month.

In addition to these life-saving consultations, MMC uses its advanced communications infrastructure to broadcast medical education and training programmes, such as lectures, symposia, grand rounds and research seminars, to doctors and nurses in remote areas. Through these efforts, MMC has amassed more than 25.000 hours of world-class medical education programming produced and provided by leading academic medical centres, federal agencies, research centres and global health organisations.

Under the agreement with Montclair State University, this unique collection, known as the Global Video Library of Medicine, will be housed at MSU's state-of-the-art data centre. All of the content has been digitally processed to make it available for broadcasting, multicasting and on-demand video streaming throughout the world.

"Medical Missions for Children is both honoured and excited to be entering into this partnership with Montclair State University", stated Frank J. Brady, chairman of Medical Missions. "By combining the resources of MMC with that of such a prestigious institution of higher education, we are positioning the Global Video Library of Medicine to become the foremost resource of digital medical video in the world."

"Montclair State University's technology environment is an excellent fit for the Medical Missions Global Video Library", stated Dr. Edward Chapel, vice president of Information Technology at MSU. "The university is capable of fulfilling the current requirements for high-speed networking, on-demand video delivered over the Internet and mass storage for the already formidable collection of video content that has been developed. Moreover, MSU's technology environment is designed to rapidly adapt to new video delivery systems and increasing demand for network and information storage capacity, making it an excellent partner with MMC for many years to come."

The agreement between the University and MMC is being made official in a signing ceremony at University Hall on the campus of Montclair State University. The ceremony, taking place during an MMC Board of Trustees meeting, includes MMC board member and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson; MMC Chairman Frank J. Brady; MSU President Susan A. Cole and MSU Board of Trustee member Rose C. Cali.

Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest and fastest growing university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a broad variety of superior graduate programmes through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.

Established in 1999, Medical Missions for Children is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the health of children and adults in underserved communities around the world. MMC hosts an ever-expanding communications infrastructure referred to as the Global Telemedicine and Teaching Network (GTTN). The GTTN is made up of four interrelated programmes: The Telemedicine Outreach Programme (TOP), The Global Video Library of Medicine (GVLM), The Medical Broadcasting Channel (MBC), and The Giggles Children's Theater.

For the past two years, MMC has been recognized as a 4-Star charity by Charity Navigator, and has been the recipient and/or finalist of the Purpose Prize Award, the Tech Museum Award, the Stockholm Challenge Award and the Contact Center World "Best of the Best" Award. Each of these honours was in recognition of MMC's innovative use of technology toward the elimination of the disparity of care that exists between the developed and developing nations of the world.


Leslie Versweyveld

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