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Telemedicine Communications Solutions

Imagine turning on your computer, clicking onto an email-like medical record, and finding a message from a remote community health center. The email record has an attachment that contains heart sounds, which you can actually listen to and analyze through your computer or it could contain a picture of a damaged finger, sore throat, or an inflamed eardrum, which could be analyzed with your software and medical expertise.

After you are finished you can store the record in a HIPAA compliant (highly secure) database and form a digital medical record.

As a patient all you need is your fingerprint to connect you to your medical records. As a physician on the other side of the Internet connection, you would be able to help the patient and community center to quickly assess the health problems of patient thousands of miles away. That is telemedicine at its best.

Telemedicine Equipment

Telemedicine is generally described as the use of communication equipment to link health care practitioners and patients in different locations for the delivery of clinical care.

Telemedicine allows health care professionals to use "connected" medical devices in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients in other locations. These devices are enhanced through the use of VSAT telecommunications technology, network computing, video conferencing systems and VOIP. Communication services to remote locations and villages are provided primarily by satellite.

IPX uses DAMA (Demand Assignment Multiple Access) to improve efficiency of transponder use, and make possible mesh networks. IPX operates a ViaSat Linkway Hub in Fuchsttadt Germany, one of Intelsat’s premier satellite teleports. These DAMA facilities/mesh networks eliminate the double hop of most satellite networks, when traffic was routed from a village to the satellite, then down to a major hub station and back through the satellite to another village. The mesh design is thus much more suitable for regional communities of interest, such as clusters of villages, that no longer require two transits through the satellite to communicate. This makes video conferencing and voice communications pristine and ideal for telemedicine.

Specialized application software, data storage devices, database management software, and medical devices capable of electronic data collection, storage and transmission are all key components of the telemedicine infrastructure.

Telemedicine customarily uses two methods to transmit images, data and sound - either live, real-time video conference transmission, or "store and forward" transmission, where the consulting professional reviews data asynchronous with its collection.

Many programs employ both transmission capabilities, to maximize efficient use of resources appropriate to the medical services being provided.

IPX provides the communications building blocks that deliver both of these telemedicine methodologies. IPX advanced networks include VSAT, VOIP, call centers, video conference, firewall, application acceleration, and VPN encrypted networks, that provide the basis for telemedicine.

IPX is also a systems integrator for the clinical diagnostic tools necessary to deliver advanced medical care that can be utilized by patients, hospitals, health plans, and employers and caregivers.

Medical Cart

Store-and-Forward Software has been designed from the user's perspective, with input from clinicians and Doctors throughout the Northwest US. The system is easy to use, and requires a minimum of user training.

The Software is easily customizable to fit the already-existing clinical workflows. The goal was not to create new business rules, but to enable and facilitate healthcare delivery.

In addition to meeting clinical needs, the system has been designed to perform in a wide variety of network configurations. The Software uses a unique "routing" protocol and industry-standard encryption to move data between servers and organizations. Any server in a location connected to the Telehealth wide-area network or able to "browse" to the Internet can send and receive data from any other server - with Administrative-level security and access controls in place.

Current Applications:

Portable "Briefcase" Telehealth Unit

Briefcase Telehealth Unit

The unit includes a computer, ECG and digital camera enclosed in a solid portable case for travel. This will enable a CHA/P or nurse to obtain a history and physical in the field and send it in the format of a Telehealth consultation. Additional capabilities can be added.

Communication Building Blocks:

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