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