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This program supports the commercialisation and deployment of the March Networks home telehealth solution to be delivered over two-way satellite networks. This solution enables remote nursing visits and vital sign monitoring through fully interactive voice, video and data transmission, and will target healthcare service delivery in rural and remote areas.
There are two key challenges in the development of this solution. The ability to deploy patient terminals in remote locations is made possible through the satellite communication system. The ability to remotely diagnose problems, and upgrade terminal functionality in the field is critical to the success of a commercially viable deployment.
The March Networks telehealth solution is being developed as a productivity tool to address healthcare delivery challenges, including chronic healthcare professional shortages, access to care for patients, and to assist in early intervention and prevention in support of disease management.
The TeLeCare solution builds on the architecture used for the March Networks telehealth pilot project but expands on the original pilot functionality while lowering the component costs, improving the user experience, and increasing the system level security, supportability, and reliability. The resulting system is intended to be a scalable solution that can be deployed in a commercial offering.
The solution architecture is centred on a hosted application. Nurse and patient terminals access the network application server (NAS) directly and can be connected in a peer-to-peer fashion for a remote visit or e-learning application.
The plan is to design, build, and prototype the terminals and network hosted application in support of a complete turnkey telehealth solution to be deployed over two-way satellite. The terminals will we built to provide two-way audio and video conferencing between nurses and patients. The ability to take vital sign measurements and listen to heart and lung sounds during a remote visit will be supported along with the capability for patients to take their vitals unassisted for review by a nurse at a later date.
|On June 22nd, the TeLeCare team successfully delivered their final presentation to ESA at March's offices in Ottawa. At that time, the final TeLeCare terminals and network application were demonstrated. Subsequently, on July 5th in Frascati, Italy, the solution was demonstrated to a wider audience at the Telemedicine Symposium.|
March Networks is actively pursuing early deployment opportunities. For ongoing updates, please visit their site at www.marchhealthcare.com.
Telesat Canada is also pursuing HomeCare via satellite services using its fleet of satellites including Anik F2 with 45 beam Ka-band payload.