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Samsung to develop telehealth services for underserved children in US

Iain Morris
October 1, 2014
 
South Korean electronics giant Samsung has announced details of a partnership with the Children’s Health Fund and Columbia University to develop telehealth services for medically underserved children in the US.

The company says it will establish an innovation hub for reducing medical care disparities and exploring the bounds of pediatric support in the US market.

“An estimated 60 million Americans live in areas where there is less than one doctor for every 3,500 people, and healthcare access continues to be a barrier for the 20% of America’s children who live in poverty,” said Irwin Redlener, the president and co-founder of charity group the Children’s Heath Fund.

“While technology has already helped revolutionize the healthcare industry at large, there is still a long way to go,” he added. “However, I am confident that the Samsung Innovation Center … will help chart a new path forward in demonstrating how technology can make quality health care available to many underserved children throughout the US.”

Samsung and its partners will use the center to explore new approaches to mobile-based care delivery and to prototype technology applications.

The company said the center would open later this fall at the Children’s Health Fund office in New York.
 
 
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