AFHCANAlaska Federal Health Care Access Network
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Laufer has been involved with AFHCAN since its inception in the 1990s.
AFHCAN provides training on its hardware and software systems with the ability to tailor forms and other specifics to each individual organization that uses it.
There are currently more than three hundred AFHCAN telemedicine carts in Alaska, about one hundred in the Lower 48, sixty-five in Greenland, forty-five in the Maldives, and several more in Ireland, Greece, Spain, Panama, and Canada.
Brian Wregglesworth, director of product development for AFHCAN, says that when his team was comparing companies that offer teleconferencing services, "Vidyo quickly bubbled to the surface" for quality.
The AFHCAN telemedicine cart has been deployed by Alaska Clinical Engineering Services to more than 200 sites across the state.
AFHCAN also has developed software that is accessible from the more than 300 computers and telemedicine carts among the 39 participating health care organizations.
Software development is quite an endeavor," explains Chris Patricoski, AFHCAN clinical director.
The AFHCAN project includes provisions for equipment and technical support and training.