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MedCast: a discussion support system for cooperative work
Author(s): Ramon A. Moreno; Vinícius Lima; Isidro Lopes; Marco A. Gutierrez
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Paper Abstract

The availability of low cost Internet connections and specialized hardware, like webcams and headsets, makes possible the development of solutions for remote collaborative work. These solutions can provide advantages compared to presential meetings, such as: availability of experts on remote locations; lower price compared to presential meetings; creation of online didactic material (e.g. video-classes); richer forms of interaction between participants. These technologies are particularly interesting for continent-sized countries where typically there is a short number of skilled people in remote areas. However, the application of these technologies in medical field represents a special challenge due to the more complex requirements of this area, such as: Provide confidentiality (patient de-identification) and integrity of patient data; Guarantee availability of the system; Guarantee authenticity of data and users; Provide simple and effective user interface; Be compliant with medical standards such as DICOM and HL7. In order to satisfy those requirements a prototype called MedCast is under development whose architecture allows the integration of the Hospital Information System (HIS) with a collaborative tool in compliance with the HIPAA rules. Some of the MedCast features are: videoconferencing, chat, recording of the sessions, sharing of documents and reports and still and dynamic images presentation. Its current version allows the remote discussion of clinical cases and the remote ECG evaluation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8319, Medical Imaging 2012: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications, 831912 (16 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.911663
Show Author Affiliations
Ramon A. Moreno, Univ. of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil)
Vinícius Lima, CPqD Foundation (Brazil)
Isidro Lopes, CPqD Foundation (Brazil)
Marco A. Gutierrez, Univ. of São Paulo Medical School (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8319:
Medical Imaging 2012: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications
William W. Boonn; Brent J. Liu, Editor(s)

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