Arizona telemedicine program: Implementing a statewide health care network

Kevin M. McNeill, Ronald S. Weinstein, Michael J. Holcomb

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The Arizona Telemedicine Program was established in July 1996 by the Arizona state legislature. The organizational center for the program is the Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson. Key goals for the program include increased access to specialty services for rural, underserved populations; development of cost-effective telemedicine services; and expansion of opportunities for education of health professionals in rural areas. The program provides several levels of services based on both store-and-forward and real-time interactive applications. The telecommunication infrastructure is provided by two methods: The first is a private asynchronous transfer mode network established and operated by program personnel. The second is dial-up access via the public switched telephone network. After an extensive period of organization and vendor evaluations, most of the private network was implemented between June and December 1997. This paper describes experiences establishing the asynchronous transfer mode network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-447
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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