Alaska Communications (NASDAQ:ALSK) and Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) are improving healthcare for residents on the nation’s second-largest island, Kodiak Island, located in Southwest Alaska.
Alaska Communications has committed to provide the native healthcare organization with the broadband circuits to provide enhanced telehealth services to the association’s six village healthcare clinics. Telehealth services enable health care providers to consult remotely with patients and other providers. The services will help KANA’s healthcare clinics expand access to specialist services, such as mental health, cardiology and critical care experts – vital for patients and physicians in rural and remote areas like those on Kodiak Island.
Alaska Communications partnered with Old Harbor Native Corporation, one of Kodiak Island’s largest Native Corporations, to deliver the broadband network that will enable telehealth services. Alaska Communications will also provide ongoing support for this network.
“We are pleased to help all communities served by KANA get the care they need regardless of location. We understand the urgent need in Alaska to provide telehealth services and the broadband solutions required to support them,” said Anand Vadapalli, Alaska Communications president and CEO.“We’ve chosen Alaska Communications’ broadband network to support our telehealth services because of the speed, security and reliability anticipated from its network and of course, their dedicated customer service,” said Andy Teuber, KANA president and CEO. About Alaska Communications Headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska Communications (Nasdaq: ALSK) is a leading provider of high-speed wireless, mobile broadband, Internet, local, long-distance and advanced broadband solutions for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The Alaska Communications network includes advanced broadband and voice networks and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. For more information, please visit www.alaskacommunications.com or www.alsk.com. About Kodiak Area Native Association Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) is a non-profit corporation providing health and social services for the Alaska Natives of the Koniag region. It services the City of Kodiak and six Alaska Native villages: Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, Port Lions and Larsen Bay.