We developed a telecommunications apparatus (TMS-6101, NIHON KOHDEN WELLNESS CORPORATION, Tokyo, Japan) and evaluated its clinical utility as a telemedical support system. It is capable of transmitting on a real-time basis such vital signs as blood pressure, arterial O2 saturation and ECG recordings, which are measured at bedside using the Life-Mate monitor (NIHON KOHDEN WELLNESS Co.). It is also capable of transmitting moving video-camera pictures in real time. In this study we assessed its application for telemedical supports with particular emphasis on ultrasonography and endoscopy images since reports of such applications are lacking. Employing this system, several kinds of technically demanding endoscopic procedures were supported successfully under the supervision of at least one off-site specialist physician. The system proved to be a very useful medical resource, since it facilitated high quality medical care and specialist consultation at any location without those specialists traveling to the scene.
- Telecommunications apparatus
- Telemedical support
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Health Informatics