November 27, 2012

FairPoint gets contract to link 400 health care facilities

The $16 million contract will link the primarily rural health care facilities in three states to expertise at urban hospitals and universities in northern New England.

PORTLAND — The largest land-line telecommunications company in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont says it has won a $16 million contract to provide telecommunications services for more than 400 health care facilities in the region.

FairPoint Communications says the four-year contract supports the needs of the New England Telehealth Consortium.

The three-state consortium received a $24.6 million award from the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Pilot Program to bring telemedicine to the region.

Participating health care centers will receive telecommunications upgrades while paying only 15 percent of the initial upfront costs.

The network will deliver remote trauma consultation and link the 400 primarily rural health care facilities, including hospitals, behavioral health sites and community health care centers, in the three states to urban hospitals and universities in northern New England.

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