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Vidyo telehealth services spread specialty care across California

July 11, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and Images by Gina Narcisi / Search Unified Communications

Telemedicine and telehealth services -- powered by video conferencing -- are helping the health care industry provide specialist care to patients in medically underserved areas.

The California Telehealth Network (CTN), an organization that focuses on increasing access to health care through the use of telehealth services and technology, recently announced a partnership with TeleMed2U, an exclusively telemedicine-based practice of multi-specialty, board-certified physicians based in Roseville, Calif. TeleMed2U will help provide CTN member sites and patients access to psychiatrists, surgeons, oncologists, infectious disease experts and other specialists via a new Web-based high-definition (HD) video conferencing service, CTN Connect.

CTN Connect -- powered by Vidyo Inc., a Hackensack, N.J.-based video conferencing provider, and Arkadin, a Paris-based collaboration and video conferencing Software as a Service provider -- will enable health care providers to virtually and securely connect with other health care providers or patients using a standard wired or wireless Internet connection.

Telehealth services expanded across California

CTN has spent the last three years expanding health care into the medically underserved and rural areas of California, which makes up 74% of the state, said Eric Brown, president and CEO of CTN.CTN member sites have used broadband connectivity to connect patients with remote clinicians and specialists via legacy video conferencing hardware andtelemedicine carts from Polycom, Cisco and LifeSize. While some health care settings call for robust video conferencing platforms, there were many locations that didn't require expensive hardware. "We began looking at the various options for Web-based video conferencing," Brown said.

CTN, in partnership with TeleMed2U, selected Vidyo for its advanced approach to Web-based video conferencing. Last year, across 12 of its health care sites, the CTN began a trial of CTN Connect, which is hosted in the Arkadin cloud.

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