New England Telehealth Consortium Signs 200th Provider
The New England Telehealth Consortium, a federally-funded organization focused on delivering remote trauma consultation and expansive telemedicine to rural hospitals throughout the region, has announced its 200th connection.
NETC, based in Bangor, Maine, received a $24.6 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Pilot Program to bring telehealth to the region. NETC participants receive communications technology upgrades and broadband improvements, while paying 15 percent of the cost. "The network [offers] healthcare providers significant cost savings, plus quick and convenient access to the latest research and medical advances," said Brian Thibeau, president of NETC, in the release.
Jim Rogers, the founder of NETC and president of ProInfoNet, the company managing the implementation of the NETC network, applauded the organization's progress thus far in the news release. "We offer healthcare providers a sustainable, quality broadband network that will greatly improve the capability and efficiency of healthcare in northern New England, while saving millions of dollars," he said. "The network created will help all these institutions to share information that will ultimately benefit the patients all across the region."
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