Under the agreement, TPG will leverage its national fibre assets to significantly improve I-MED’s capacity for distribution of medical images to its 180 clinic locations.
According to TPG, by leveraging its network, I-MED’s locations - many in regional Australia - will see speeds up to 10Gbps, with most locations achieving increases between 20-50 times in network bandwidth.
I-MED CEO, Steven Rubic, said the organisation was excited to work with TPG to future proof the secure distribution of medical images and looked forward to the technological benefits the increased bandwidth would deliver.
“Recent advances in equipment such as CT and MRI scanners as well as mammography machines allow us to capture images with increased detail. While this has enabled faster diagnosis of health conditions, our current network bandwidth was not always able to meet the demand required by the increased size and quantity of images.
“In addition the new network solution will allow I-MED to take full advantage of exciting, cutting edge imaging technology.”
Rubic said I-MED Network will now be able to take full advantage of state-of-the-art 3D rendering applications, to provide its radiologists with “incredible detail and new capabilities in image manipulation, ultimately improving diagnostic accuracy”.
TPG general manager, enterprise & wholesale, Mark Rafferty, said, “TPG is proud to partner with I-MED in delivering network services of such a critical nature to communities across the country. We are delighted to demonstrate again that, with the TPG network, it is both technically possible and commercially viable to provide high capacity network services nationwide, 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.”
Rafferty said that as medical imaging technology improves, images become larger and more detailed.
“Five years ago a mammogram was 80 megabytes. Today they are over 50 times this size at nearly 5 gigabytes.
Rafferty said that I-MED was finding transmitting these larger images on their existing network a challenge, but with the improved network capacity that TPG will provide at I-MED’s clinics, high-resolution medical images can be served up almost instantly, providing an improved service for customers.