Cisco, United Health partner on telehealth

By Chris Newmarker, San Jose Business Journal


UnitedHealth Group Inc. plans to spend tens of millions of dollars on a partnership with Cisco Systems Inc. to build a nationwide "telehealth" network using Cisco video conferencing technology.

The goal is to provide patients in rural and underserved urban areas with real-time, remote doctor appointments. The technology in some cases will reach patients via 18-wheel trucks carrying videoconfering equipment.

The program, according to UnitedHealth, will "help mitigate disparities in health care delivery."

UnitedHealth and San Jose-based Cisco officials will disclose more details of their partnership at a news conference in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday.

Next week's news conference in Washington is part of a series of announcements UnitedHealth has been making as it seeks to shape the health reform debate. End of article.

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