Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE)

Polycom Immersive Telepresence Powers the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) Telehealth to Improve Quality of Healthcare in Northeast Brazil’s Most Remote Areas

Brazilian telehealth network relies on secure HD video collaboration to share advanced expertise among more than 2,000 healthcare professionals and their patients across the region and beyond

SÃO PAULO - Aug 28, 2012 : Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified communications, today announced that Brazil’s Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) is improving the level of healthcare delivered to patients in hundreds of small towns with help from Polycom RealPresence video collaboration solutions.

UFPE recently implemented Polycom OTX immersive solutions, powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform software infrastructure, at UFPE University Hospital in Recife. The solution, which uses immersive HD video to create a shared virtual space, is so natural and realistic that users forget they are on video and interact with one another as if they really are in the same room regardless of location. Polycom's solution serves as a hub for UFPE's Telehealth Nucleus (NUTES) network.

NUTES is responsible for administering the RedeNUTES (Rede de Núcleos de Telessaúde de Pernambuco), a member of the Brazilian Telehealth Network program, that is responsible for the installation and operation of more than 100 telehealth sites in each Brazilian state. Throughout the country, 1,100 telehealth sites are located in primary assistance facilities selected by municipal health officials. The network supports 2,700 family health teams spread over the country's five regions and serving more than 11 million inhabitants.

The Polycom RealPresence OTX room is one of six immersive telepresence rooms located throughout Brazil's teaching and research institutions and launched by the National Teaching and Research Network (RNP). Others are located at Rio de Janeiro State University UERJ (Pedro Ernesto Hospital in Rio de Janeiro), FINEP (Rio de Janeiro), RNP (Brasília), UFMG (Belo Horizonte University Hospital) and UNIFESP (São Paulo Hospital, in São Paulo).

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