Accession Number : ADA324099

Title :   A Dual Use Telecommunications System for Delivering Medical Care.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 30 Jun 95-31 Oct 96,

Corporate Author : MEDICAL COLL OF GEORGIA AUGUSTA

Personal Author(s) : Stachura, Maximillian E.

PDF Url : ADA324099

Report Date : 31 OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 459

Abstract : The Electronic House Call is an innovative health care alternative for patients requiring frequent health care services that have been traditionally provided in a hospital or other clinical setting. The Medical College of Georgia Telemedicine Center, Georgia Institute of Technology Bioengineering Center, Jones Intercable, Inc., and the Center for Total Access at Fort Gordon have worked cooperatively to implement a cable-based 'proof-of-concept' telemedicine system for delivering medical care to the homes of selected patients in the Augusta and Fort Gordon, Georgia area, and to the residents of a skilled nursing facility. Data has been collected regarding the technical performance of the system. System effects on patients and providers also have been collected, resulting in a successful demonstration of the concept. In addition, Eisenhower Army Medical Center (EAMC) has become linked to the fiber-optic-based Georgia Statewide Academic and Medical System (GSAMS) Network. The capabilities of the Electronic House Call have been demonstrated to an audience in Washington, DC through a professionally composed videotape and through a live demonstration in April 1996. At the close of the project, extending the distribution of Georgia's statewide telemedicine system through the addition of PC-based teleconferencing and still image systems was under development.

Descriptors :   *CLINICAL MEDICINE, *TELEVISION SYSTEMS, *TELECOMMUNICATIONS, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, *VIDEO TAPES, SETTING(ADJUSTING), DEMONSTRATIONS, FACILITIES, ARMY FACILITIES, IMAGES, UNIVERSITIES, PATIENTS, NURSING, GEORGIA, HOUSING(DWELLINGS), BIOENGINEERING.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Cybernetics
      Telemetry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE