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Multi-purpose HealthCare Telemedicine Systems with mobile communication link support.

Kyriacou E, Pavlopoulos S, Berler A, Neophytou M, Bourka A, Georgoulas A, Anagnostaki A, Karayiannis D, Schizas C, Pattichis C, Andreou A, Koutsouris D - Biomed Eng Online (2003)

Bottom Line: The provision of effective emergency telemedicine and home monitoring solutions are the major fields of interest discussed in this study.Due to the need of storing and archiving of all data interchanged during the telemedicine sessions, we have equipped the consultation site with a multimedia database able to store and manage the data collected by the system.The performance of the system has been technically tested over several telecommunication means; in addition the system has been clinically validated in three different countries using a standardized medical protocol.

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Affiliation: Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece. ekyriac@ucy.ac.cy

ABSTRACT
The provision of effective emergency telemedicine and home monitoring solutions are the major fields of interest discussed in this study. Ambulances, Rural Health Centers (RHC) or other remote health location such as Ships navigating in wide seas are common examples of possible emergency sites, while critical care telemetry and telemedicine home follow-ups are important issues of telemonitoring. In order to support the above different growing application fields we created a combined real-time and store and forward facility that consists of a base unit and a telemedicine (mobile) unit. This integrated system: can be used when handling emergency cases in ambulances, RHC or ships by using a mobile telemedicine unit at the emergency site and a base unit at the hospital-expert's site, enhances intensive health care provision by giving a mobile base unit to the ICU doctor while the telemedicine unit remains at the ICU patient site and enables home telemonitoring, by installing the telemedicine unit at the patient's home while the base unit remains at the physician's office or hospital. The system allows the transmission of vital biosignals (3-12 lead ECG, SPO2, NIBP, IBP, Temp) and still images of the patient. The transmission is performed through GSM mobile telecommunication network, through satellite links (where GSM is not available) or through Plain Old Telephony Systems (POTS) where available. Using this device a specialist doctor can telematically "move" to the patient's site and instruct unspecialized personnel when handling an emergency or telemonitoring case. Due to the need of storing and archiving of all data interchanged during the telemedicine sessions, we have equipped the consultation site with a multimedia database able to store and manage the data collected by the system. The performance of the system has been technically tested over several telecommunication means; in addition the system has been clinically validated in three different countries using a standardized medical protocol.

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Figure 10: Telemedicine network – Cyprus

Mentions: More specifically, the use of the developed system in emergency cases handling in ambulances has been extensively demonstrated in Greece (Athens Medical Centre), Cyprus (Nicosia General Hospital), Italy (Azienda Ospedaliera Pisa) and Sweden (Malmo Ambulance Services). The initial demonstration of the system for ambulance emergency cases was performed on 100 (not severe) emergency cases for each hospital. The results of this phase were very promising. The system was able to improve, the percentage of incidents that in an emergency case initial diagnosis did not matched final diagnosis. For 100 cases without the system use, 13% of the initial diagnosis did not matched final diagnosis; while in 100 cases with the system use 8% of initial diagnosis did not matched the final diagnosis. The use of the system in Rural Health Centers has been tested extensively in Cyprus, where the national emergency system will be built on top of the already installed application. The use of the system in a Ship is currently being used in Athens Greece, and finally the use in home telecare is also being tested in Athens Greece. The system is currently installed and being used in two different countries, Greece (Figure 9) and Cyprus (Figure 10).


Multi-purpose HealthCare Telemedicine Systems with mobile communication link support.

Kyriacou E, Pavlopoulos S, Berler A, Neophytou M, Bourka A, Georgoulas A, Anagnostaki A, Karayiannis D, Schizas C, Pattichis C, Andreou A, Koutsouris D - Biomed Eng Online (2003)

Telemedicine network – Cyprus
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC153497&req=5

Figure 10: Telemedicine network – Cyprus
Mentions: More specifically, the use of the developed system in emergency cases handling in ambulances has been extensively demonstrated in Greece (Athens Medical Centre), Cyprus (Nicosia General Hospital), Italy (Azienda Ospedaliera Pisa) and Sweden (Malmo Ambulance Services). The initial demonstration of the system for ambulance emergency cases was performed on 100 (not severe) emergency cases for each hospital. The results of this phase were very promising. The system was able to improve, the percentage of incidents that in an emergency case initial diagnosis did not matched final diagnosis. For 100 cases without the system use, 13% of the initial diagnosis did not matched final diagnosis; while in 100 cases with the system use 8% of initial diagnosis did not matched the final diagnosis. The use of the system in Rural Health Centers has been tested extensively in Cyprus, where the national emergency system will be built on top of the already installed application. The use of the system in a Ship is currently being used in Athens Greece, and finally the use in home telecare is also being tested in Athens Greece. The system is currently installed and being used in two different countries, Greece (Figure 9) and Cyprus (Figure 10).

Bottom Line: The provision of effective emergency telemedicine and home monitoring solutions are the major fields of interest discussed in this study.Due to the need of storing and archiving of all data interchanged during the telemedicine sessions, we have equipped the consultation site with a multimedia database able to store and manage the data collected by the system.The performance of the system has been technically tested over several telecommunication means; in addition the system has been clinically validated in three different countries using a standardized medical protocol.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece. ekyriac@ucy.ac.cy

ABSTRACT
The provision of effective emergency telemedicine and home monitoring solutions are the major fields of interest discussed in this study. Ambulances, Rural Health Centers (RHC) or other remote health location such as Ships navigating in wide seas are common examples of possible emergency sites, while critical care telemetry and telemedicine home follow-ups are important issues of telemonitoring. In order to support the above different growing application fields we created a combined real-time and store and forward facility that consists of a base unit and a telemedicine (mobile) unit. This integrated system: can be used when handling emergency cases in ambulances, RHC or ships by using a mobile telemedicine unit at the emergency site and a base unit at the hospital-expert's site, enhances intensive health care provision by giving a mobile base unit to the ICU doctor while the telemedicine unit remains at the ICU patient site and enables home telemonitoring, by installing the telemedicine unit at the patient's home while the base unit remains at the physician's office or hospital. The system allows the transmission of vital biosignals (3-12 lead ECG, SPO2, NIBP, IBP, Temp) and still images of the patient. The transmission is performed through GSM mobile telecommunication network, through satellite links (where GSM is not available) or through Plain Old Telephony Systems (POTS) where available. Using this device a specialist doctor can telematically "move" to the patient's site and instruct unspecialized personnel when handling an emergency or telemonitoring case. Due to the need of storing and archiving of all data interchanged during the telemedicine sessions, we have equipped the consultation site with a multimedia database able to store and manage the data collected by the system. The performance of the system has been technically tested over several telecommunication means; in addition the system has been clinically validated in three different countries using a standardized medical protocol.

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Related in: MedlinePlus