European Commission Telemedicine Survey

The EC is asking telemedicine experts to contribute to a survey of Telemedicine for Chronic Care:

The European Commission (EC) invites experts in the field of telemedicine to respond to a short online questionnaire designed to collect information on the role of innovative technologies for chronic disease management. The answers will help structure the TeleHealth 2007 conference (Brussels, Belgium, 11 December 2007) and will influence the way in which national problems will be addressed.

The online questionnaire should be completed by October 26, 2007 and is available at:

The TeleHealth 2007 conference will provide a platform for exchanging experiences and discussing the reasons why telemedicine is not yet as developed as it should be. The EC aims to propose concrete actions and solutions at a European level. Purely national issues, e.g. those related to specific national legislation, will not be addressed; the conference will focus on issues common to several Member States or related to cross-border activities and that would benefit from a European slant.

The answers to the questionnaire and the outcome of the conference will help build the EC Communication on ‘telemedicine and innovative technologies for chronic disease management’ planned for October 2008. This communication will be the culmination of a process starting with the current consultation aiming at gathering expertise in all Member States.

Registration for the TeleHealth 2007 is available at:

Health Informatics Round-Up

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Company ditches telemedicine for online gambling, shifts operations to Ireland.

Vizada Supply Telemedicine to French MOD

Satellite based telemedicine systems for the French militiary:

VizadaThe French Ministry of Defense has selected Vizada to provide mobile satellite communications to enable military surgeons to transmit images to medical staff in a different site or country, the company announced Sept. 19.

Vizada, formerly France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications, is using a solution based on Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network  (BGAN) system. The system uses simultaneous IP BGAN links, a 256 kilobit per second (kbps) streaming connection to perform the videoconferencing and relay images from the operating table to the medical staff and a background IP connection with speeds of up to 492 kbps to send medical files, analysis reports, X-rays, photos and scans. The IP traffic is relayed to Vizada’s ground station and leased line to the hospital.

 Source: Satellite Today

ICU Telemedicine

Andy Kofke talks about his ICU Telemedicine system:

ICU Telemedicine

From this vantage point I can control a video camera to “go into” a room with two way audio communications, see a page summarizing all the patient’s main points, follow the bedside monitor continuously, read progress notes, view chest x rays, and review labs, among other things….everything except physically examine a patient or do a procedure on a patient. Also there is a sentry system that alarms when there is a trend or overt problem indicating that something is amiss…