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Digital Pipe Streamlines Healthcare Training

While some look to help the real estate sector ease into new millenium media, intranet content provider Digital Pipe Inc. has offered medical facilities a glimpse of the way healthcare training for employees could be handled in the future with their streaming media applications.

What the company is doing, is targeting their technology to large institutions that require quick, efficient information dissemination mediums.

For instance, in California physicians are required take at least 100 hours of continuing medical training in any four-year period. They must also fulfill any additional continuing education hours required by their practice specialties and their individual hospitals.

With Digital Pipe's applications, content providers may deliver rich media applications to every employee desktop worldwide. By placing content on internal networks, content providers have the ability to avoid the bottlenecks of the Internet and enterprise networks by enabling content to be stored and delivered locally throughout the intranet environment.

Simply, the company simplifies the learning process.

"Obtaining the necessary continuing medical education credits to be difficult. Conferences, travel, and related expenses, not to mention the time away from patient care, can be inconvenient," said Dr. Richard J. Moore, MD. "Digital Pipe's streaming media enables me to obtain the high-quality, visual, online information in a reliable manner on my schedule."

Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, a health maintenance organization (HMO), has been giving Digital Pipe's nCORE pilot program a spin to evaluate it's effectiveness.

According to Don Broun, Kaiser Permanente's director of national video communications and media services, Digital Pipe's technology has the potential to thoroughly educate and complement Kaiser Permanente's mission to provide the medical care to its eight million members in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Ultimately, corporate users are satisfied because they can access content that enhances employee learning and retention. As for IT departments, their concerns are alleviated by the fact that Digital Pipe's streaming applications do not threaten to congest networks.

Chris Wallace, Digital Pipe's co-founder, president and CEO took the altruistic angle when discussing his firm's technology, but the arrangement can prove extremely handsome for his business. Privately-held Digital Pipe does not disclose its financials.

"We approached the medical profession first because we felt that was where we could help the most people," said Wallace. "But whether it's a surgeon learning the latest less-invasive techniques or a factory worker learning how to operate a new laser drill, Digital Pipe can help just about any organization communicate better internally and save money doing it."

Those interested can visit Digital Pipe for a demonstration next week at Streaming Media West 2000, December 12-14 at the San Jose Convention Center, Booth No.1809.