AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. and North Country HealthCare Improve Healthcare in Arizona

North Country HealthCare's launch of AMD's telemedicine project brings quality healthcare services to even the most remote areas of the state of Arizona.

August 9, 2010 -- AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc., the world’s   leading supplier of telemedicine technology, devices, and application software for both dynamic encounters (live telemedicine) and deferred consultations, is happy to announce that its solutions are being installed by North Country HealthCare. 

Telemedicine is allowing North Country HealthCare to expand its primary care services across a very large service area from Arizona's California border to its New Mexico border, and AMD’s products are playing a major role making these services available.  After extensive research to find the best products to accomplish their goals, the North Country telemedicine program chose to implement AMD’s General Exam Camera for primary care to connect with video conferencing equipment thus giving clinics real time health diagnostics capabilities.

The accessibility of telemedicine is important for residents living in extremely rural parts of the state of Arizona. For many, access to cutting edge healthcare exists one hundred and fifty miles away or more.  The creation of North Country’s telehealth program will enable only citizens living in rural parts of the state to easily obtain access to healthcare without the stress of traveling great distances for care.  The program will also save time and money for both patients and healthcare providers. 

“After trying other telemedicine solutions from other providers, we decided to go with AMD’s General Exam Camera.  The image quality and ease of use of AMD’s products made it an easy decision,” said Greg Hales, the program coordinator for telehealth at North Country HealthCare.

“During a telemedicine visit a ‘telepresenter’ such as a medical assistant or nurse sits in the exam room with the patient and acts as the doctor's hands and eyes,” explained Hales.   “The telepresenter can use a camera with a close-up lens to look at a rash or a video otoscope to look inside the patient's ears, and the doctor can examine the patient in real time from miles away while carrying on a conversation with the patient.

 “AMD Global Telemedicine is honored to be a part of North Country’s program,” stated Dan McCafferty, AMD’s vice president of global sales and corporate development.  “With a population spread over more than 113,000 square miles, a single academic medical center at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and academic specialty medical services available primarily in Tucson and Phoenix, telemedicine is an ideal solution to ensure quality healthcare is available to all residents in the state of Arizona,” stressed McCafferty.

About AMD Global Telemedicine

AMD is a Telemedicine Encounter Management Systems company (TEMS™) and the worldwide leading supplier of telemedicine technology, devices, and application software for both dynamic encounters (live telemedicine) and deferred consultations. AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc. offers the market’s preeminent diagnostic medical devices and tConsult™ Encounter Management Software that is equipped with device management, case creation, work flow and archival. AMD has over 5,800 installations in 79 countries and delivers solution design, turnkey installation, and training for telemedicine programs across the globe. For more information on AMD Global Telemedicine Inc., please visit www.amdtelemedicine.com, email pr@amdtelemedicine.com, or call 866-449-8452

About North Country HealthCare

North Country HealthCare provides quality primary care to people in northern Arizona regardless of their ability to pay. As the only publicly supported community health center in the area, North Country’s charges are based on a sliding fee scale determined by income and household size. North Country offers full-scale outpatient primary healthcare in Flagstaff, Lake Havasu, Ash Fork, Seligman, Grand Canyon, Kingman, Winslow, Holbrook, St. Johns, Round Valley and Show Low.  For more information please visit www.northcountryhealthcare.org/.