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 project will develop links among health care providers at Alaska's rural clinics, regional hospitals and medical centers to referring health care providers.
The AFHCAN telemedicine cart has been deployed by Alaska Clinical Engineering Services to more than 200 sites across the state.
To date, more than 8,000 store-and-forward telemedicine consults have been provided using the AFHCAN telemedicine software.
Software development is quite an endeavor," explains Chris Patricoski, AFHCAN clinical director.