Armenian Association of Telemedicine to Deliver Specialty Teleconsultations

Armenian Association of Telemedicine (AATM) announced the launch of its new telemedicine project aimed to establish a fully functional telemedicine connection between a primary health care facility in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), and AATM central office, Yerevan, Armenia. This project, endorsed by the Government of NKR and conducted in association with the Union of Information Technology Enterprises of Armenia (UITE) and telemedicine R&D company Symotec LLC, is the second initiative of this kind, after establishment and successful exploitation of the demonstrational telemedicine model within the framework of USAID-funded project titled “Capacity Building of the Armenian Association of Telemedicine to Result in Improved Primary Health Care Services in Armenia”, in April-June, 2010. The telemedicine system will consist of two PC-based stations (the referral station at a primary care unit in Stepanaker, the capital city of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, and the consult station at the AATM’s central office in downtown Yerevan, equipped with simple video-conferencing devices and commercially available medical peripherals, connected via high-speed internet providing a minimum of 2 Mbps of bandwidth. The referral site will be equipped with a set of medical digital devices, including: 5-parameter vital sign monitor (BP, HR, SaO2, 3-lead ECG, and body temperature); digital stethoscope with Bluetooth connectivity (3M

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