The Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons (ICPS) and Medivision, a provider of satellite, videotape and Internet-delivered health care education, have signed an agreement to jointly develop the HealthLink Network for the Americas. This innovative network will supply continuing education programmes in Spanish for health care professionals in the United States and Latin America.
The initial focus of the HealthLink Network for the Americas will be put on programming delivered via satellite teleconferences and on-line services by means of the Internet. The partnership with Medivision enables the ICPS organization to address one of the principal mandates of the HealthLink Resolutions, which were signed by ICPS and the presidents of the medical societies of Latin America in December of 1997.
The Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons constitutes the largest association of Hispanic physicians in the United States. ICPS was founded in 1979 to advance the professional and educational needs of this important minority of health care providers. Today, the ICPS association reaches a vast majority of the Hispanic medical community in both the United States and Puerto Rico, where the membership amounts to over 39.000 physicians.
In addition, ICPS equally supports many health professionals in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain through its publications, conferences, and relevant links to Hispanic medical societies. Medivision in turn constitutes a major exchange medium for telemedicine programming and is specialized in the promotion and improvement of health care all over the world through advanced telecommunications technology.
Medivision's innovative technology infrastructure, which is combined with the comprehensive expertise of qualitative content providers, experienced hardware and software manufacturers, and renowned centres for higher education in medicine, guarantees a successful collaboration between health care providers and patients domestically as well as internationally. The company has been providing accredited continuing education since 1979.
Currently, Medivision operates fourteen speciality networks which serve over 5.000 healthcare institutions, medical schools and universities throughout North America. Medivision International handles a wide range of projects for the global market and collaborates with Medivision in telemedicine initiatives worldwide. The organization also offers interactive training on CD-ROM and continues to maintain a diversified presence on the World Wide Web.