Aliant donates videophones to Atlantic
N.B. Ė Aliant announced that as part of its ongoing support of the
Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation (AHSC), it is donating $45,000
worth of innovative equipment to the Telehealth Program. The
contribution of 30 videophones will allow patients to connect with loved
ones during their recovery.
Aliantís videophones will be rolled out first in New Brunswick and
expanded to other hospitals across Atlantic Canada later this year.
Since 1998, AHSCís Telehealth Program has been using a unique technology
to care for post cardiac surgery patients in their homes Ė a videophone
that only requires the use of a telephone line to connect two parties
who are separated by geographic or other barriers.
Based on the success of this technology in post cardiac surgery
patients, other patient populations are now also benefiting. AHSC front
line clinicians and the Telehealth team are now able to further extend
the videophone program to help connect patients with their families and
loved ones in circumstances where traveling to visit each other may be
not be an option.
President and CEO of AHSC, Dora Nicinski (pictured), commented on Aliantís
important donation to the Telehealth Program at AHSC. ďThe Telehealth
Program has worked hard to provide supportive care through the use of
technology. We are very pleased with Aliantís willingness to support
patient care in New Brunswick with this donation. Dealing with an
illness can be a frightening, confusing time for families. Being
separated from your loved ones while getting treatment makes the whole
experience that much more difficult. Todayís announcement will help ease
One of the first patients to benefit from this supportive care tool was
Ken Herrell. Ken travelled to Halifax to undergo a life saving bone
marrow transplant and had to remain in hospital there for a significant
period of time. When faced with the option of receiving a bone marrow
transplant or seeing his only son graduate, Ken thought he would have to
make a choice.
However, through the use of AHSCís videophone technology, Ken was able
to participate in his sonís graduation in Saint John, from his hospital
room in Halifax.
Helena Cain, Aliantís Vice President of Enterprise & Marketing, said:
ďAt Aliant, we are committed to investing in the communities we serve
and to connect people throughout the province with innovative
technologies. We are very excited to be able to help patients with their
recovery. Kenís experience with the videophone is truly moving and we
hope this will continue for patients throughout Atlantic Canada.Ē
Through Aliantís donation today, videophones will also be available to
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Healthcare
organizations in these Atlantic Provinces will work with AHSC and Aliant
to implement the videophone technology so that all Atlantic Canadians
have the opportunity to take advantage of this innovative and important
service to help ease the burden of patient recovery.
The announcement followed a recent commitment by Aliant to donate $1
million towards the new Positron Emission Tomography (PET) that is
housed in the SJRH. The scanner has helped to revolutionize Healthcare
in New Brunswick. PET provides more accurate diagnosis, more effective
treatment planning and can help avoid many invasive procedures.
About Bell Aliant
Bell Aliant is one of North Americaís largest regional communications
providers and through its operating entities serves customers throughout
six Canadian provinces with innovative information and communication
services, including telephony, wireless, Internet, data, video and
value-added business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant
also provides IT professional services across Canada, the US and in