6 Feb 2007

Mauke hooked up to Cooks telehealth scheme

2:30 pm on 6 February 2007

Another outer Cook Islands hospital has been connected to a growing Telehealth network using satellite and Internet technology.

The Cook Islands Herald says Mauke in the Southern Group became the latest island whose hospital is connected to Telehealth through links sponsored by Telecom Cook Islands.

The national telecommunications provider is using innovative technology to bring outer islands patients access to health services already enjoyed by people on the main island, Rarotonga.

Atiu, Mangaia and now Mauke have been connected using a programme similar to Internet broadband and delivered via Telecom Cook Islands satellite links.

Telecom's marketing manager, Keren Aviu, says this enables doctors and nurses in the outer islands to have access to health care programmes such as MedTech.

MedTech makes use of online technology to provide health assessment and management tools, an interface with laboratory results and drawing tools for anatomical references.