Remote Alaska port clinic goes modern with telemedicine

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only clinic in one of the nation's busiest commercial fishing ports is so remote in Alaska's Aleutians that even conventional telemedicine for emergencies has been impossible for its limited staff.

    But that's changing this week for the Iliuliuk (ih-LOO'-look) Family and Health Services on Unalaska Island, home to Dutch Harbor and the region made famous by the popular Discovery Channel show "Deadliest Catch."

    Starting Thursday, a new partnership with Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage will virtually beam critical care doctors 800 miles away to the clinic's emergency room.

    But instead of transmissions with fiber-optics, which are nowhere near the island, the team putting together the system is relying on satellite technology in what is believed to be a first in the nation for telemedicine.

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