Verizon Business brings video conferencing to prison health care facilities

Verizon Business (NYSE: VZ) has found a new market segment for its video collaboration service: the prison health care system.

Tailored to meet the needs of prison health care, Verizon Business will not only provide Web and audio conferencing services, but also systems assessment, design and implementation services. The two service suites include: Verizon Telejustice Collaboration Solutions and Verizon Telehealth Collaboration for Prisons.

Set on helping to facilitate the judicial process, Verizon Telejustice Collaboration will provide collaboration tools for federal, state and local judicial agencies conducting everything from arraignment to parole hearings. Instead of having to deal with the expense and security issues involved with transporting defendants to court, a judge can use video conferencing for warrant, arraignment and other hearings.

Similar to the Telejustice application, Verizon's Telehealth Collaboration for Prisons will enable prisons to expand inmate access to health care without the need to transport prisoners to medical facilities. Rural-area prisons, for example, could use this system to deliver basic primary care services and expand access to specialized services including neurology, cardiology, radiology and pathology. A doctor could meet with an inmate via video and then use remote monitoring devices to get near-real time access to patient information. A prison health care system could also provide psychiatric care via video conferencing or immersive video.

This new service represents another example of Verizon tailoring its offerings for specific industry vertical segments. Verizon will offer these new collaboration services via the U.S. General Services Administration's Networx telecom services program, Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS 3) and Connections contracts and the Alliant Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) contract.

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