Successes & Failures in Telehealth announces second keynote speaker

Prof Shuji Shimizu, Director of Telemedicine Development Center of Asia at Kyushu University Hospital, Japan, has been announced as the second invited keynote speaker for Successes and Failures in Telehealth, to be held in Brisbane on 11 and 12 November 2013.  His title and abstract are:

Ten-year experience of remote medical education in Asia-Pacific: Lessons learned and recent trends

Transmission of movies such as surgery with satisfactory preservation of image quality is more technologically demanding than that of still pictures, because 30 frames of pictures per second should be properly handled. Otherwise, streaming often becomes sluggish and deteriorated, which was why the telemedicine was not well accepted in surgical and other medical fields where moving images are essential. The practical remote medical education both in quality and cost became available in 2003 when we developed a system using academic network and a personal computer installed with free software called digital video transport system (DVTS).

This technology was well accepted in Japan and Korea, followed by other neighboring Asian and Oceania countries. The activity then expanded to Europe, Africa, and America, now connecting 238 institutions in 39 countries with 378 programs performed. The contents covered not only surgery, but also endoscopy, cardiology, fetus medicine, nursing and a lot more.

With continuous technological advancement during a recent few years, there have been new and exciting trends. One is that many more hospitals can now join our programs thanks to better compression systems. Another is that high-definition image has become standard with higher image resolution than DVTS. Ubiquitous participation using wireless network is also expanding in medical community. The presentation covers a review of our activity for the last 10 years introducing accumulated know-hows and lessons we learned, and shows future directions of our global activity for the next 10 years.

For more information, please visit the conference website.