Minneapolis-based UnitedHealthcare in July announced it would develop a national telehealth network, called Connected Care, with networking vendor Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif.

The program envisions placing telemedicine equipment in physician practices and retail clinics, retail outlets, pharmacies, and workplaces. A trained medical attendant would operate the equipment. The attendant would present a patient to a remote physician, operating diagnostic equipment such as a blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, or an otoscope to look in the ear. The project also will use mobile clinics.

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