USTDA Pilots U.S. Telemedicine Technology in Southern Mexico

Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced that it has signed a grant agreement with Mexican digital connectivity company Vasanta Comunicaciones SAPI de CV (Vasanta) that will pilot telemedicine technology from California-based 19Labs, Inc. (19Labs) in rural southern Mexico. This feasibility study and pilot project will help develop a roadmap to scale the implementation of high-quality, sustainable telemedicine clinics to 1,000 rural communities across Mexico.

“This project is a great example of the kind of healthcare infrastructure that we want to support. It highlights the value of U.S. innovation, it is transformational, and it will save lives,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “We look forward to seeing how this partnership materializes into greater healthcare access for the people of Mexico.”

The USTDA-funded pilot project will support the deployment of 50 rural telemedicine clinics in the States of Oaxaca and Tabasco. 19Labs will contribute its telemedicine technology, and Vasanta will provide the required digital connectivity for the clinics. The roadmap for scaling the project’s implementation will include a technical and economic analysis, financing plan, and social impact assessment.

“Vasanta is proud to partner with USTDA and 19Labs to deliver innovative healthcare solutions in Mexico,” said Bernardo Vasquez, Vice President of Vasanta. “Vasanta is eager to provide the critical backbone connectivity that will support healthcare services that can meet the medical needs of rural communities in Mexico.”

“Our mission is to facilitate high-quality healthcare in rural communities using cutting-edge technologies,” said Ram Fish, CEO of 19Labs. “USTDA’s grant will not only play a crucial role in validating the efficacy of our telemedicine clinics in Mexico, but also advance our deployment plan throughout the region and beyond.”

USTDA’s assistance advances the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment and supports the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue.


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies.  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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