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University of Arizona: The Arizona Telemedicine Program is a large, multidisciplinary, university based program that provides telemedicine services, distance learning, informatics training and telemedicine technology assessment capabilities to communities throughout Arizona. As an initiative of this program, the department has been using TeleVitalís technology at the Lowell Elementary School of Phoenix. During the year 2002 students were regularly screened for asthma with spirometry and oximetry tests were performed on students exhibiting signs or symptoms of asthma. These test results were stored in a secure server allowing medical specialists throughout Arizona to access and respond to specific cases. TeleVital stands beside its clientele in extending the best of technology to those who need it today and tomorrow.

 
 
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Ehime Medical University, Japan: Ehime Medical University recently executed a wireless patient monitoring demonstration project in Ehime, Japan. The project was coordinated by Dr. Eizen Kimura, M.D. Ph.D., IT Director of Ehime Medical University. The demonstration project demonstrated the flexibility of TeleVitalís VitalWare technologies which among other things allows moving vehicles such as ambulances to remain connected to a wireless Wi-Fi network during transnsport. The demonstration exhibited an ambulance driving from a car accident to a hospital while the patients 12 lead ECG and video was transmitted in real-time over Ciscoís WLAN. Doctors located in the hospital were able to login to the hospitalís network and monitor patients in transit.

 
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Ecuador Virginia : Commonwealth University Medical School, located in Richmond, Virginia provides remote anesthesia monitoring services to Secua, Ecuador, using TeleVitalís VitalWare technologies which monitors and records physiological data in real-time over the Internet. A consulting anesthesiologist at the Virginia Commonwealth Universityís Medical College of Virginia Hospital monitored the breathing and heart rhythms of a young woman undergoing a gall bladder operation 3,000 miles away in Secua, Ecuador. The operation, which was performed in a remote area of Ecuador, exemplifies how easy it is to connect to VitalWare.

Using a laptop computer in Virginia, a member of the surgical team logged into the TeleVital Website and monitored the patientís vital signs. This field test in Ecuador was part of ongoing telemedicine evaluations conducted by VCU- based Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Consortium (MITAC), a Commercial Space Center (CSC) sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The project was conducted using TeleVitalís VitalWare technology under the direction of MITAC Executive Director, Charles R. Doarn.

 
 
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BUAP, Mexico: On August 26th, 2002 a 64 year old female patient located in the San Diego la Mesa telemedicine center was triaged by Medical Doctors located in Hospital Universitario de Puebla, Audiotorio de la Rectoria en Edificio, and the University of Galveston in Texas. The patientís vital-signs (blood pressure, pulse, body temperature, and blood oxygen) were recorded and streamed to all the Medical Doctors. During the oral examination phase of the examination, the patients pulse rate doubled to 133 bpm. The rise in heart rate was observed by all the doctors in real-time allowing them to discuss the patientís prognosis. A decision was made to run more blood tests in order to rule out a differential diagnosis. On the same day, a second patient with a history of chest pain was admitted into the telemedicine clinic in Carolino. A four limb EKG was conducted and streamed in real-time allowing all the doctors to inspect and consult on the patients ECG. After a short discussion, the doctors agreed that the patients ECG was normal and advised that the patient reduce his stress.

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Telehealth Broadband, LLC is a subsidiary of Security Broadband Corporation, which has strategic alliances with the majority of the largest North American cable operators who reach over 70 million homes. Telehealth Broadband was formed to leverage our experience in broadband, communications and consumer services to provide the health care industry with a service infrastructure for delivering care to the 125 million Americans with chronic diseases and post-surgical patients.

The Healthium service promises

  • to reduce cost of care and improve health outcomes by delivering interactive health services directly to patientís television sets in their homes.
  • to improve the wellness and peace of mind of individuals and their families by providing affordable professionally monitored health care and personal safety services directly to the home.
  • To provide Web-TV as a platform for communicating A/V, vital signs, education and questionnaire information over the cable network.

Medical devices supported are: Blood Pressure, Pulse, Blood Glucose, EKG, Peak Flow, Pulse-Oximetry, Stethoscope, Spirometry and Weight Scale.

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