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MRTC recently deployed several state-of-the-art quad ISDN BRI
systems from PictureTel (900 Series) to disseminate videoconferencing
technology to the primary workplace of MRTC's endusers. The high
quality audio and video at lower bandwidths, people and content
features, data collaboration capabilities and reasonable cost
convinced the MRTC staff that these platforms were the best choice
for newest technology deployment phase.
(Simple Mobile Integrated Telemedicine Hardware) is an example of
a homegrown medical roll-about. Dr. SMITH has several features that
make its design unique in the field of telemedicine. The most noticeable
feature of Dr. SMITH is its articulating arm. This arm is used to
support the main three chip camera and allows the camera to provide
either a "head on" or an "over the shoulder" view.
The articulating arm also allows the camera to be positioned over
a 14" x 17" pull out X-ray view box, another unique
feature. While other carts have been designed to provide an 8
1/2" x 11" view of an X-ray, Dr. SMITH provides specialists
with the capability of viewing an entire chest X-ray.
with mobility in mind, Dr. SMITH can be rolled from the exam room
to the emergency room to the conference room with little effort.
By connecting two communication lines and one power source, Dr.
SMITH can be quickly utilized for telemedicine encounters, emergency
tele-consultations, continuing medical education and administrative
meetings. Ascend (now Lucent) RPMs (remote port modules) allow
the carts to be located distant to the IMUXs (inverse multiplexers)and
patch panels in each facility allow the routing of network from
the IMUX to the desired enduser location. Additional larger monitors
are connected for administrative and educational meetings.
Mobile Integrated Telemedicine Hardware)
became a reality with the help of Norstan Communications, who provided
assistance with integration and installation; Compression Labs Inc.,
who provided specifications and interactive video equipment; Snap-On
Tools in Algona, Iowa, who fabricated the carts; Creative Electric,
who aided with electrical specification and installation; and Ames
Laboratories, who assisted with design and fabrication of the articulating
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is a typical CLI Radiance 8775 dual
monitor system. These systems were
deployed as large room systems and
are utilized primary for administrative and educational conferences,
but also serve satisfactorily as receive systems for
is a smaller, single monitor system. These were deployed primarily
in nursing homes where clinical imaging and mobility demands were
anticipated to be less challenging.
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