news TPG Telecom has inked a “multimillion dollar” deal with medical imaging company I-MED Network that will see the telco deliver a dedicated high-speed network connecting all I-MED locations across Australia.
In a joint statement, the firms said TPG’s national fibre assets will “significantly improve” I-MED Network’s capacity to distribute medical images to its 180 clinics covering all major metropolitan areas and many parts of rural and regional Australia.
The new network will provide speeds of up to 10Gbps, with the majority of I-MED locations achieving 20- to 50-fold increases in bandwidth, the statement said.
Steven Rubic, I-MED Network CEO, said the agreement would see the two companies work to “future proof” the distribution of medical images.
“I-MED Network is committed to providing the latest medical imaging equipment across our clinic network, which will enable us to ensure superior outcomes for our patients and referring doctors,” he said.
Recent advances in equipment such as CT and MRI scanners, as well as mammography machines, allow I-MED Network to capture images with increased detail.
While this has enabled faster diagnosis of health conditions, Rubic explained, the firm’s current network bandwidth was not always able to meet the demand required by the increased size and quantity of images.
The TPG network solution will allow I-MED to make better use of “exciting, cutting-edge imaging technology”, he said, adding: “We will now be able to take full advantage of state-of-the-art 3D rendering applications, which provide our radiologists with incredible detail and new capabilities in image manipulation, ultimately improving diagnostic accuracy.”
Mark Rafferty, TPG’s General Manager, Enterprise & Wholesale, commented: “TPG is proud to partner with I-MED in delivering network services of such a critical nature to communities across the country.”
With the TPG network, he said, it is both “technically possible and commercially viable” to provide high-capacity network services across the nation, not just in metropolitan areas.
“We are very pleased to be working with I-MED in building a network that will provide the opportunity to drive new technology for the benefit of patients and doctors,” he concluded.
Rollout of the network has already commenced, with completion scheduled for the end of the year, I-MED said.