Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences selects Spacenet's satellite-based transportable and emergency response communications services to enable mobile telemedicine programme

McLean 06 March 2007Spacenet Inc. was selected by Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Health Sciences Telemedicine Center to provide satellite network services for its new mobile telemedicine clinic. The OSU Center for Health Sciences, its College of Osteopathic Medicine and affiliated teaching hospital support one of the largest statewide telemedicine programmes in the United States.


The OSU Telemedicine Center is using Spacenet's satellite network services with Cisco technology to support its mobile medical facility. Spacenet's advanced Connexstar satellite services with auto-acquisition antenna technology provide the ability to rapidly deploy communications solutions virtually anywhere in the United States and serve as an ideal solution for emergency response. Connexstar services deliver high-performance satellite communications offered in full-time and part-time usage based packages. OSU Telemedicine is utilizing Spacenet's on-demand satellite services to support its data communications and Voice over IP (VoIP) for the mobile telemedicine clinic.

Network Operations Manager for OSU's Telemedicine Center Jon Barnaby stated: "The OSU Mobile Telemedicine Clinic will provide a valuable service for the state of Oklahoma by offering access to speciality medical services throughout the region with an emphasis on rural areas. The use of Spacenet's satellite services provides the flexibility and reliability that we need to support the advanced communication requirements of a mobile telemedicine clinic. In addition, with the medical vehicle being on the road on a scheduled basis, Spacenet's part-time satellite services are an ideal choice for us, providing a cost-effective way to meet our real-time data communications needs."

Spacenet President and COO Glenn Katz stated: "We are proud to be able to serve the mission of the OSU Center for Health Sciences with our services. Spacenet has applied its 25 years of experience in supporting mission-critical public and private sector networks to delivering advanced solutions for go-anywhere communications services. Our on-demand services combined with transportable auto-acquire antenna solutions make a perfect fit for the needs of users such as telemedicine, emergency response or first responder organisations."

Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences offers programmes in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top medical schools in the nation for the past six years. The OSU telemedicine programme includes 35 regional hospital and clinic partners and is one of the largest state-wide telemedicine programmes in the United States.

Founded in 1981, Spacenet Inc. is a provider of high-performance satellite and hybrid terrestrial networking solutions for business, government and home/small office customers in the United States and worldwide. Spacenet has a longstanding tradition of industry leadership and innovation, and today serves more than 100.000 network endpoints for customers including many Fortune 500 companies and major government agencies. Spacenet's services include its custom satellite/hybrid network solutions for enterprise and government; Connexstar VSAT services for primary, back-up and disaster recovery networks; and StarBand broadband Internet by satellite.

Spacenet is based in McLean, Virginia, and operates its own end-to-end services infrastructure including network management, field services and teleport facilities in McLean; Atlanta, Georgia; and Chicago, Illinois. Spacenet is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Leslie Versweyveld

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