AFHCANAlaska Federal Health Care Access Network
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John Kokesh, MD, an ENT/Otolaryngologist specialist and the director of surgical services at ANMC, has been a proponent for and developer of AFHCAN since its onset.
Laufer has been involved with AFHCAN since its inception in the 1990s.
Outcomes and impacts of the AFHCAN telehealth program treating ear and hearing disease in Alaska.
ANTHC's chief information officer, Stewart Ferguson, PhD, was key in developing AFHCAN.
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.
What used to take days now takes just minutes via the AFHCAN system.
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.
To date, more than 8,000 store-and-forward telemedicine consults have been provided using the AFHCAN telemedicine software.
The AFHCAN project includes provisions for equipment and technical support and training.