Queen's University uses Avaya Collaborative Video to develop tools for computer-aided orthopaedic surgery

Toronto 05 November 2001The Department of Computing and Information Science at Queen's University is using Avaya Collaborative Video, developed by Avaya Inc., to create the first, virtual integrated operating room with Kingston General Hospital. Graduate students and professors in the "O.R./2010: The Operation Room of the Next Decade" programme are working with Kingston General Hospital to develop a suite of diagnostic and surgical software tools which help surgeons plan and perform computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery.


Using Avaya's collaborative video technology, more than 30 graduate students and professors can use their laptops to observe orthopaedic surgeries and provide instant feedback to the surgeons and answer questions about the diagnostic and surgical software being used. Students and professors can also share documents such as audio files, and view high-resolution images such as x-rays, CT scans, and arthroscopies.

It equally saves time for professors who no longer need to be present at the hospital throughout entire operations, and it helps maintain a hygienic operating environment, since there are less people present in the operating room, which must be kept sterile. "Computer-assisted surgery is the way of the future and will be instrumental in providing improved health care services to Canadians", stated Dr. Randy Ellis, a professor in the Department of Computing and Information Science.

"Avaya's time-saving and accurate collaborative video technology allows us to speed up the adoption of computer-assisted surgeries within the Canadian health care industry", Dr. Ellis continued. Avaya Collaborative Video is a PC-based application which provides live, multi-point, multi-media video-conferencing which can simultaneously display TV-quality video files, CD-quality audio files, documents and applications in real time over the Internet.

Avaya collaborative video technology also allows users to manage up to 20 video windows on their desktop. In addition, Avaya's Collaborative Video works over an Internet Protocol (IP) network, minimising infrastructure costs. Traditionally, the high quality video resolution required for medical applications could only be achieved by using expensive Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) transmission. Avaya's Collaborative Video can achieve the required video resolution over existing data networks.

"Avaya video collaboration provides users with reliable and high-quality video-conferencing tools which maximise their productivity and allows them to communicate and share valuable information in real time", stated Patrick Lance, vice president of marketing at Avaya. "We are excited to work with Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital to create a multi-media video-conference environment that assists the hospital in conducting computer-assisted surgery and providing improved health care services to patients."

Avaya, headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is a global provider of communications solutions and services that help businesses, government agencies and other institutions excel in the customer economy. Avaya offers Customer Relationship Management Solutions, Unified Communication Solutions, Hosted Solutions, Multi-Service Networking Infrastructure, and Converged Voice and Data Networks, including the company's no-compromise Avaya Enterprise-Class IP Solutions (ECLIPS), all supported by Avaya Services and Avaya Labs.

Established in 1969, the Department of Computing and Information Science has developed its programme through research and scholarship and has become one of the leading establishments in its field. The Department is in the process of significantly expanding, particularly in the areas of software design and biomedical computing.

Leslie Versweyveld

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