Jordanian Government and Cisco Further Expand ‘Tele-Health’ Network in the Kingdom

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National Healthcare Initiative Spearheaded by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Progresses in Transforming Jordan's Healthcare Delivery System by Expanding Reach of Virtual Clinical Consultations to Remote Areas

DEAD SEA, Jordan, May 31, 2015: The Jordan Royal Medical Services (RMS) and Cisco announced last Friday the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand the RMS Tele-health network that was created through the Jordan Healthcare Initiative (JHI), a strategic public private partnership between the Jordanian Government and Cisco.

A signing ceremony to mark the occasion was held at the MENA World Economic Forum (WEF) 2015, in the presence of H.E. Dr. Abdullah Ensour, Jordan Prime Minister and Mike Weston Vice President Middle East for Cisco. The MoU was signed by H.E. Major General Dr. Muin Al-Habashneh (Acting General Director of Jordan Royal Medical Services) and Cisco’s Vice President for Business Development Mr. Steven Boutelle.

Highlights/Key Facts:

  • Through this MoU, the RMS, Cisco and strategic partners (AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc. and Optimiza its local Cisco solution partner), will provide pioneering ICT-enabled healthcare solutions and support the implementation of quality care-at-a-distance.
  • Leveraging Cisco TelePresence solutions and AMD Global Telemedicine’s integrated medical devices and solution (AGNES Interactive), the Tele-health network will facilitate access to quality virtual healthcare services for patients and clinicians connecting two remote hospitals in the southern region of Jordan, and a mobile field hospital to consultants at the King Hussein Medical Center (KMHC), a tertiary-care hospital in the capital of Amman.
  • Three further Tele-health clinics are planned in Jordan - the first at the RMS Prince Zaid bin Al-Hussein Hospital in Tafilah; the second at the RMS Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein Hospital in Karak and the third, a patient site, will be installed at a mobile clinic as part of one of the RMS field hospitals operating all over the rural areas of Jordan. These patient site clinics will offer specialized remote consultations connecting patients with specialists at King Hussein Medical Center in Amman.
  • An International consultation clinic will also be established in Amman at the King Hussein Medical Center to offer remote consultations and clinical collaboration between specialists from KHMC and international medical centers of excellence from around the globe.

Executive Quotes:

Major General Dr. Muin Al-Habashneh, Acting General Director of RMS
“The signing of this MoU marks a major milestone for His Majesty King Abdullah II’s vision for transforming healthcare in Jordan towards supporting a healthy population. This Tele-health service will not only provide better quality care for patients throughout the Kingdom, it will also allow us to be more efficient in providing cost-effective care without the need for our specialists to spend valuable time travelling to see few patients in remote areas and it will allow patients to get the specialist care they want without the need to travel. His Majesty’s long term goal has always been to position Jordan as a regional hub for ICT solutions in the healthcare sector and our continued strategic collaboration with ICT leaders, like Cisco, is helping us to achieve this.”

Mr. Steven Boutelle, Vice President for Business Development, Cisco
“We have come a long way and have achieved great results since 2010 when His Majesty King Abdullah II and Cisco’s Chairman and CEO John Chambers agreed to explore opportunities for Cisco and the Jordanian government to collaborate to transform Jordan’s healthcare delivery system. Connecting specialists and rural patients without the burden of travel is a priority for the Jordanian Government and Cisco is honored to continue to play a key role in delivering vital quality healthcare to the most remote and underserved communities in the Kingdom.”

Steve Normandin, President, AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc
To be able to play an integral role in helping the Jordanian Government realize its vision of providing specialty healthcare services to patients in the most rural and underserved areas in Jordan is another important milestone for AMD Global Telemedicine. As the leading developer of clinical Telemedicine Encounter Management Solutions to over 8,300 patient end-points in more than 95 countries, we continue to look for ways to support organizations that are embracing Telemedicine as a common practice of delivering healthcare and taking it mainstream”.

Majed Sifri, Chief Executive Officer, Optimiza
“We are delighted that our strategic partnership with the Jordanian Government and Cisco to bring about such profound change in terms of delivery of healthcare to the citizens of Jordan particularly those living in rural areas continues to grow stronger. Our goal from the onset has been to utilize information and communications technologies (ICT) to provide better access to quality healthcare, reduce costs, and empower patients and thereby provide a better quality of life and care to all Jordanian citizens.”

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