UnitedHealth Group and Cisco have announced plans for a multi-million dollar national telehealth network to provide care for patients in underserved rural and urban areas, reports InformationWeek.
Stephen Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group's CEO, in a bizjournals.com story described the program, known as Connected Care, as "the house call for the 21st century." He also unveiled an 18-wheel mobile clinic.
The health insurer provides a network of 590,000 doctors and 4,000 hospitals while Cisco offers networking and videoconferencing capabilities to create a virtual doctor visit. The plan also will include other technologies such as fiber-optic cameras for looking into ears and digital medical records.
The Wall Street Journal notes the telehealth market that is expected to grow to more than $6 billion by 2012 .