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TIP partners with Tazca on 4G-based telehealth rollout

Iain Morris
July 30, 2014
The Telehealth International Partnership (TIP) says it is working with connectivity player Tazca Connects to provide telehealth services in disadvantaged areas globally using 4G technology.

The TIP (Atlanta, GA, USA), which describes its mission as creating an integrated worldwide system of care infrastructure, is to make use of Tazca’s (Itasca, IL, USA) LTE-as-a-service technology, which allows customers to make use of high-speed mobile services on the same pay-as-you-go basis pioneered by software-as-a-service companies.

The companies say their partnership will improve access to a range of healthcare services.

“TIP and Tazca Connects have partnered to increase access to healthcare through the innovative use of 4G LTE technology,” said Matt Jansen, TIP’s chief development officer. “Together they will deliver telehealth globally to millions in disadvantaged rural areas and developing communities needing healthcare by providing turnkey 4G LTE-as-a-service that is affordable and high speed.”

“The turnkey services will enable rural communities to connect to their local healthcare ecosystems to better coordinate and deliver the full spectrum of services providing efficient, cost effective, high quality healthcare to hundreds of thousands globally,” he added. “This is not a one size fits all global healthcare system and each country, population, region and culture requires careful planning, implementation and evaluation before telehealth can be integrated to enhance specific areas of need.”

Tazca’s service is based on an LTE software platform developed by parent company Lemko (Itasca, IL, USA) and designed to bring cost-effective 4G services to residents and businesses in rural areas.

The system allows operators to deploy infrastructure on a virtualized software platform directly connecting to the cloud.

Tazca says the benefits will include lower upfront capital expenses and operational costs.

“Two out of every three people in the world currently lack internet connectivity,” said Michael Sisto, the vice president of sales at Tazca. “The affordability of … LTE-as-Service and our ability to deliver data at one-fifth the traditional cost solves the worldwide connectivity challenge.”

The TIP claims the combined footprint of the two companies extends to every continent and has recently led to the development of cost-effective services in China, Macedonia, Honduras, Guatemala, Zambia, Somalia, Nigeria, Canada and the US.
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