Midwest Company Expands into Latin America
with Telemedicine Services
University Autnoma de Guadalajara looks to American
Educational Telecommunications to help it become telemedicine gateway
for Latin America
NORFOLK, NEBRASKA, July 9, 2002 American Educational
Telecommunications (AET), a global provider of medical and educational
telecommunications services, announced today the University Aut noma de
Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico has selected AET as its provider of
telemedicine services for its school of medicine. AET will help the university
position itself as the gateway for telemedicine services in Latin America.
With more than 25,000 students, the University Autnoma
de Guadalajara (UAG) is Mexicos largest educational institution. It has
its main campus at Guadalajara, with outreach programs throughout Mexico
and Latin America.
The school of medicine will use AETs telecommunication
services to deliver medical educational material and clinical resources
to medical students in Latin America. The university also will connect
rural physicians and their patients with the urban medical community.
Physicians will use the AET telecommunications system to perform medical
consultations with Latin American physicians and with physicians at leading
medical institutions in the United States.
Through an AET-exclusive agreement, AET will provide
UAG the study material for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).
Additionally, the university will market and provide AET telemedicine
services to tourists in Mexico who may need -- or be concerned about needing
-- medical treatment from their physicians at home.
"AET will allow UAG to become the gateway for
telemedicine services in Mexico, Central and South America and will allow
UAG to lead the market in telemedicine," said Dr. Ricardo Leon Borquez,
Dean of the UAG School of Medicine.
To harness the applications of telecommunication technology,
Leon said it was necessary for UAG to find a partner such as AET. He said
UAG chose AET because of AETs experience in telemedicine in Egypt and
because of its good reputation within the American medical community.
"AET is a serious company in the United States
with an international approach. This is very important for us to know
that AET has experience in this field," Leon said.
Dr. Keith Vrbicky, AETs chief executive officer and
chairman, said the new venture with UAG fulfills AETs mission, which is
to deliver medicine and education to under-served people. "In many
countries, there is a tremendous need for medical and educational service
in rural areas. Our technology is helping people fill that need in a cost-effective
manner," he said.
About American Educational Telecommunications
AET is a global provider of telemedicine, telehealth
and distance learning services. The company owns and operates a global
telecommunications network that unites real-time intercontinental video
and audio links, T-1 fiber connectivity and satellite communications transmissions.
It delivers education, patient consultations and referral services to
customers in the United States and other countries. AET has its headquarters
in St. Louis, Missouri, with offices in Norfolk, Nebraska and Cairo, Egypt.
More information on AET can be found at www.aetmedical.com
AET Contact Information
Media: Chris Amundson, 1-402-841-4619, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Investor and customer relations: Donald A. LaPoint,
Government relations: Dr. Keith Vrbicky, 1-402-379-2322,