Hughes contracted by New England to provide satellite broadband services


Hughes Network Systems, a world-leading provider of broadband satellite solutions and services, has been recently awarded by the New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC) with a four-year contract to provide fast satellite services for mobile telehealth clinics all over the rural communities of Northern New England.

The contract states that Hughes will be supplying high-performance routers integrated with auto-deploy antenna from AvL Technologies. This allows for voice calls, prescription dispensing, telemedicine, viewing of digital images, transfer of Electronic Health Records, digital messaging and video conferencing.

By using the SPACEWAY 3 broadband satellite of Hughes, the powerful transportable solution can be set up the soonest possible time and will automatically establish connectivity all over the NETC service area, employing the power of its spot beam technology and on-board switching.

“By using the Hughes and AvL transportable solution, healthcare providers in Northern New England will have access to current research, improved medicine, and support from medical experts through enhanced telemedicine,” Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes said in a statement. “This is another great example of how satellite technology can help improve people’s lives.”

As a federally funded consortium of healthcare providers, New England Telehealth Consortium provides services in more than 400 sites in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

“NETC is working to build an affordable, high quality of service, private telecommunications network that will provide healthcare providers with quick and convenient access to the latest research and medical advances, speed the sharing of medical records and provide access for remote medical diagnostics and surgery, dentistry, and behavioral health treatment,” NETC President Brian Thibeau said in a statement. “Leveraging satellite broadband is a game changer for telehealth, especially for patients in rural areas who will now be able to receive top quality care through enhanced telemedicine and information sharing. It is exciting to make a difference in the healthcare of New Englanders by bringing them innovative technology solutions like this.”

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