Tech update

• American TeleCare (Eden Prairie, MN) has been chosen to provide telemedicine equipment and services for a $28 million federally funded diabetes home telemedicine initiative. The project is a collaborative effort of the Joslin Diabetes Center of SUNY Health Science Center, the American Diabetes Association, the Health Care Financing Administration, Arnot Olean General Hospitals, and Good Samaritan Hospital. The project will monitor patients from New York using American TeleCare’s telemedicine systems, with the intent of improving care.

In other news, American TeleCare said last week that home care provider West Prince Health Authority (Prince Edward Island, Canada) has purchased its home telecare systems and implementation services. The authority plans to use the systems in Canada’s first home telecare program, American TeleCare said. Digital Image FX (Nova Scotia, Canada), a telemedicine supplier, assisted the healthcare firm in locating the technology appropriate for its applications. The project is being funded by telemedicine grants through the Health Infrastructure Support Program of Health Canada, the health arm of the government.