Most doctors don't use satellite phones, but maybe these will become much more popular and affordable in rural areas.
According to Network World: Hughes Network Systems will provide broadband satellite services to the New England Telehealth Consortium under a four-year contract that the satellite ISP says is its first deal in the area of mobile telemedicine. Hughes won a $500,000 contract to provide 8Mbps data transmission services to mobile healthcare units operated by the New England Telehealth Consortium. These units -- three truck-based, one boat-based and one fixed-location -- provide medical care to migrant farm workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
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