October 27, 2009 11:33 ET

The Partners Center for Connected Health Delivers High Quality Care via Video

Center for Connected Health and Massachusetts General Hospital Implement TANDBERG Video Teleconference Solutions to Care for Patients Regardless of Location

NEW YORK, NY and BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - For many patients in rural and remote areas, a medical emergency can often involve a lengthy trip for care. The Center for Connected Health and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), established leaders in the field of telehealth, have recently purchased and implemented a complete integrated solution from TANDBERG, the leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition video conferencing and mobile video products and services. This upgrade to their existing video teleconferencing (VTC) infrastructure will enable MGH to deliver faster, high quality care from specialists in emergency situations more effectively than before, and make conditions that require continued care less costly and inconvenient for patients.

Utilizing TANDBERG's revolutionary technology, doctors at the MGH will be able to connect with patients and other doctors face-to-face and with unparalleled quality. This will enable the hospital's existing staff of specialists to continue to effectively and efficiently treat patients and provide consultations to doctors regardless of where they are located. Some of the expected uses of video communication include:

--  Telestroke: Many stroke patients do not receive clot-dissolving
    medication or stroke prevention treatment in a timely manner due to waiting
    until they can be transported to a hospital with a dedicated vascular
    neurologist, or until a neurologist arrives at the bedside. This can lead
    to delays that translate into lesser stroke recovery. Tandberg's VTC
    solution enables Massachusetts General Hospital's staff of internationally-
    renowned stroke neurologists, including Dr. Lee Schwamm, to examine
    potential stroke victims immediately via video and quickly initiate stroke
    treatments and medicines more reliably and with greater reach into the
--  TeleTrauma: A pilot program expected to begin at the end of 2009, VTC
    solutions will enable MGH to bring specialists and translators directly
    into the emergency room to help better treat and increase communication
    with patients.

"The Center for Connected Health and Massachusetts General Hospital are a model for other healthcare providers around the world," said Joel Brunson, President, Public Sector at TANDBERG. "We are excited to provide the video technologies and infrastructure that will bring the hospital's high quality care and expert medical knowledge to patients in need regardless of their location."

"In today's healthcare environment, it's all about delivering the right care to the right patient in the right amount of time; video communication and telemedicine are no longer pilot programs -- they are a requirement for providing the highest quality and most cost-effective care," said Dr. Lee Schwamm, Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Director of the Partners TeleStroke Center.

The implementation of TANDBERG VTC solutions is expected to be one of the major initiatives highlighted this week at CIMIT Innovation Congress 2009. TANDBERG will be participating in the event, which will be held October 27-28 at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston. VTC was also a hot topic at the Connected Health Symposium, which was held October 21-22, 2009 also in Boston.

For more information on TANDBERG Total Healthcare, visit

About the Center for Connected Health

The Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, is creating effective, new solutions and innovative interventions to deliver quality patient care outside of the traditional medical setting. Our programs use a combination of remote-monitoring technology, sensors, and online communications and intelligence to improve patient adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. The Center also offers expert online second opinions, enhanced medical education and training, and engages in innovative research to discover new pathways to better care, including the use of virtual worlds and online coaching. Visit

Boston-based Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system also includes community and specialty hospitals, community health centers, a physician network, home health and long-term care services, and other health-related entities. Partners is one of the nation's leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners is a non-profit organization. Visit

About the Partners TeleStroke Center

The Partners Telestroke Center uses interactive videoconferencing to connect stroke specialists with patients at any of 27 member hospitals across New England. The network is supported by two downtown major medical centers that are tertiary care comprehensive stroke centers, who provide clinical stroke expertise on demand, ongoing continuing medical education, local stroke systems development and comprehensive stroke care services for patients transferred after consultation. In addition, the Partners Telestroke Center has assisted several other academic medical centers and hospital networks in the design and implementation their own high quality stroke telemedicine networks. For more information, visit


TANDBERG is the leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition video conferencing and mobile video products and services. Dually headquartered in New York and Norway, TANDBERG designs, develops and markets systems and software for video, voice and data. The company provides sales, support and value-added services in over 90 countries and is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker TAA.OL. Visit for more information.

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