Digital Union's RT1 software creates telegenetics network for Region 3 Genetics Collaborative

Los Angeles 17 August 2007Digital Union has entered into a five-year agreement with members of the Southeast Regional Genetics Group (SERGG) in Region 3 to provide RealTime1 (RT1) software at 15 locations in eight southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. The Region 3 Genetics Collaborative, funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) since 2004, has received additional funding for another five-year period. With this renewal, Region 3 will now use RT1 to help them develop and co-ordinate a network of providers of clinical genetic services in order to improve access to affected individuals and their families in the southeastern United States.

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RT1 enables Region 3 members to collaborate in real-time on any health data or diagnostic media, while engaging in multipoint video conferencing. Genetics professionals are now better able to share knowledge and problem solving in the areas of expanded newborn screening and follow-up care for novel metabolic disorders.

"With RT1 we have begun to shrink the distance between our regional genetics centres and improve communication among our members", stated Dr. Hans Andersson, Co-Principle Investigator of the Region 3 Collaborative HRSA grant and Director of the Hayward Genetics Center at Tulane University Medical School. "Our ultimate goal is to bring all patients in the region under a broad umbrella of care with prompt and consistent access to experts in every area of clinical genetics."

Region 3 will use RT1 to establish rural telemedicine genetics clinics this year. Future plans include hospital inpatient consultations, support group planning and continuing education for health care workers in pertinent areas of genetics. The region, which includes Florida and the Gulf Coast, will also be using RT1 to enhance disaster preparedness planning and response for health care operations.

"Digital Union is pleased to provide Region 3 and SERGG with a network that not only supports greater access to expert genetic services for patients, but enables members to share important research and further enhance their educational efforts", stated Digital Union CEO Paul Niday. "We are very excited about the next five years."

The mission of SERGG is to enhance and promote the quality of genetic services in the southeastern United States including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. SERGG operates under the direction of Region 3, and in partnership with HRSA, National Coordinating Center (NCC), and other regional collaboratives across the United States. SERGG members include physicians, geneticists, public health departments, researchers, universities, consumers, and related laboratory services.

Based in Los Angeles, Digital Union creates specialized Collaborative Informatics solutions for Visual Decision Makers in the health care, education and entertainment industries. Digital Union solutions provide real-time video conferencing, and the ability to simultaneously collaborate on any application or media from multipoint locations via the Internet. More news on Digital Union is available in the VMW June 2007 article Digital Union creates telemedicine network for Alexandria Autism Center.


Leslie Versweyveld

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