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Internet2 and Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa Form Health Sciences Partnership
Date:10/11/2007

Organizations to Leverage Network Connections to Facilitate International

Telehealth Initiatives

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet2 today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP), the national research and education networking organization of Brazil, to facilitate international telehealth and telemedicine collaborations. The MOU builds on the organizations' existing long-term networking partnership that was established in 2000. The new MOU was made official today at a ceremony held in conjunction with the annual Internet2 Fall Member Meeting in San Diego, California.

The new MOU provides a pathway for the Internet2 and RNP communities to jointly lead and collaborate on the development of next-generation telemedicine and telehealth technologies and applications. In doing so, the organizations hope to accelerate the adoption of these important technologies both within the United States and Brazil as well as to promote and encourage the continued interconnection of advanced networks around the world in support of telemedicine and telehealth.

"The global research and education community has long understood the potential for leveraging innovative network technology to significantly improve the quality of healthcare worldwide," said Dr. Michael McGill, director of the Internet2 health sciences initiative. "Together, we hope our joint work with RNP will yield many new breakthroughs and collaborations in this very important field and serve as a model for our colleagues around the world."

RNP is today leading a new project called Rede Universitaria de Telemedicina (RUTE) or the Telemedicine University Network. Funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology, the project seeks to build and update the communication infrastructure of 57 university hospitals that are connected throughout Brazil with the goal of enabling all participating hospitals
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