Partners in Health expands video conferencing capabilities

Thursday, November 11 2010

Partners in Health, a nonprofit health care organization that reaches patients in need all over the world, has expanded critical communications throughout Haiti by selecting a satellite to expand and enhance connectivity, according to a press release.

The satellite will provide broadband and video conferencing capabilities in Haiti, where the organization is currently battling the spreading cholera epidemic. PIH's newest investment takes the capabilities at their hospital in the town of Cange and expands them to their medical teams at an additional 12 hospitals and clinics in Port-au-Prince, St. Marc, Hinche and other Haitian villages.

"Thanks to increased donations from around the world, PIH has added medical teams and upgraded to dedicated satellite bandwidth to provide the best patient care possible in Haiti," said Andrew Marx, director of communications for the organization.

The technology will allow PIH doctors, nurses and researchers to communicate not only with colleagues in Haiti, but also with the organization's headquarters in Boston and care sites all around the world.

PIH has had healthcare workers stationed in Haiti for more than two decades, but when the earthquake hit in January 2010, the organization increased its presence on the island. Now, PIH faces a cholera epidemic in the country that has infected more than 4,000 and killed approximately 300 people, according to the Skoll Foundation.