Project Medishare | Visiting families via teleconference system emotional for many
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Visiting families via teleconference system emotional for many

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A teleconferencing system shows people in Miami's Little Haiti waiting to talk to their relatives at the field hospital in Port-au-Prince. The videoconference system was provided by Cisco Telepresence. Photo by Michael Trainer.

By Jennifer Browning

All last week The Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Financial and Cisco Systems teamed up with Project Medishare/UM Global Institute to reunite 12 Project Medishare patients with their families. Nine of the patients were children who came to South Florida for medical care. Three other patients in Haiti spoke to family members in Miami using a videoconferencing system.

For the families at the hospital it was a very emotional reunion. Many were intrigued that they could physically see the person they were communicating with.

The teleconferencing event kicked of on Easter Sunday at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church. The church hosted a free outdoor concert in the church’s backyard. The telecommunication initiative enabled Haitian families in Little Haiti to connect with relatives in Haiti through videoconferencing from Cisco Telepresence.

Click here to read more about how this teleconferencing technology helped bring patients closer to their loved ones, and how it touched the lives of these families.