In 1998, the Global Telecommunications Partnership Program (GTPP) has been established in China as a consortium of two telemedicine communication networks and a network installation company. GTPP's aim is to develop the transfer of medical expertise through telecommunications networks and to provide the most adequate health care from any distance, no matter how isolated the patient's location may be. In this regard, GTPP has entered into a non-exclusive business partnership with Intelect Visual Communications (IVC) for the delivery of LANscape video systems for a total value of $1.7 million.
LANscape constitutes a scaleable videoconferencing solution for desktop applications, which offers no less than seven multimedia products in one. The near TV broadcast quality system, based on LAN or Local Area Networks, supports point-to-point and multipoint sessions, video broadcast, data collaboration, record and playback, video-on-demand as well as e-mail functions. The programme, running on Windows 95 and NT platforms, also is compatible with both PAL and NTSC video standards. LANscape designer IVC forms a subsidiary of Intelect Communications, a provider of innovative network technologies.
GTPP and the partnering organizations plan to market LANscape throughout China and the Pacific Rim countries to generate live interactive consultations with complex real time medical imaging. As a result, the quality of diagnosis and patient treatment in the region will be substantially improved. In 1999, the first installations will be implemented in 35 hospitals, interlinked via the Dalian Telemedicine Center. IVC shipments will start immediately following receipt of the letter of credit, sent to the Liaoning Foreign Trade Corporation, and are scheduled quarterly through the year 2000. The order also includes satellite applications and telemedicine peripherals, respectively delivered by Commercial Satellite Systems and American Medical Development.
Another partner which at length might be involved in the LANscape project constitutes the Golden Health Medical Network Corporation (GHMNC). This Chinese communications network is one of the largest in the whole world to be used for telemedicine applications, connecting about 350 hospitals across China via innovative satellite and fiber-optic technology. The GHMNC also is linked to the major telemedicine centres in Europe, Australia and the United States. Future expansions of China's national GHMNC telemedicine network are planned in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.