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  Children’s National Medical Center Expands Telemedicine Program With Partnership In Morocco
March 4, 2008

Collaboration with hospital expands capabilities to improve clinical care and health education for children in other countries.

For Immediate Release: March 4, 2008

Contact: Emily Dammeyer, Janiene Torch, 202-476-4500

Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center announced a partnership with organizations in Morocco that will enable clinicians in Washington, DC, to provide clinical support and share medical developments and health education via videoconferencing. The new partnership expands Children’s National’s international reach through the Telemedicine Program, providing videoconferencing for live cases and distance education, as well as providing access to medical records via a physician portal.

“This new partnership with our colleagues in Morocco brings us closer to providing all children with the quality care they deserve – no matter where they live,” said Craig Sable, MD, Medical Director of Telemedicine at Children’s National. “Through this program, we can offer consultations to children in Morocco and share clinical and research advancements with the international medical community.”

Along with Children’s National Medical Center, partners in this project include Rabat Children’s Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Rabat, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Marrakech, and National Institute of Health Information, Ministry of Health – Rabat.

Children’s National’s Telemedicine Program is funded in part through the support of Mosaic Foundation, Intelsat, iDirect, Cisco, and Tandberg.

About Children’s National’s Telemedicine Program
Children’s National’s Telemedicine Program serves community hospitals, suburban health centers, inner-city health clinics, national hospitals, and international partners across a wide range of pediatric subspecialties including neurology, genetics, radiology, and general surgery. Distance learning initiatives are focused locally, regionally, nationally, and in many countries throughout the world, including Germany, Morocco, Uganda, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Iraq. The team provides more than 1,000 consults a year.

Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit www.childrensnational.org.