Mobile CHILI tele-radiology system receives one of 20 IST Prize 2002 awards in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf 03 December 2001The CHILI team from the Heidelberger company Steinbeis-Transferzentum Medizinische Informatik has been rewarded with the European IST Prize 2002, together with nineteen other finalists. The IST Prize constitutes one of the most prestigious awards in the Information Technology (IT) area and can be considered as the Nobel Prize for IT. The Award Ceremony was held on December 3, 2001 at the Annual European IST event 2001, which this year took place in Düsseldorf under the theme "Technologies serving people".


The European Commission and the European Council for Applied Sciences and Engineering, EuroCASE, annually selects a number of products and companies, which represent the top of the European innovation potential. The IST Prize was distributed by Edelgard Buhlmann, German Minister for Development; Wolfgang Clement, Minister-President of Nordrhein-Westfalen; and Erkki Liikanen, the European Commissioner for Information Technology.

The Heidelberger Steinbeis-Transferzentum Medizinische Informatik received one of the 20 highly considered awards and was selected out of 294 applicants from 26 countries by a specialised jury. Already in 1997, the CHILI team of Dr. Engelmann was a winner of this prize. In the spring of 2001, the CHILI software was awarded with the @Roentgen Prize by the German X-Ray Association.

The awarded Mobile CHILI product allows the wireless transmission of medical images from the hospital to the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) used by the mobile radiologist. The tool enables the radiologist to receive images on his PDA while being on the road, to annotate and analyse them. The data transmission is established via wireless computer networks (WLAN) or through the new generation of mobile phone systems, including GPRS and UMTS.

Using tele-conferencing with a stationary CHILI system, the physician can share and discuss synchronously the images with a colleague or with a technically skilled medical assistent in the hospital. During this session, the PDA, which is the iPAQ designed by Compaq, is also applied as a mobile phone. The physician can be reached everywhere and is able to make very fast important and life saving decisions while he is still on his way.

The mobile CHILI System is conceived in such a way that it can receive images from any radiological workstation and be integrated into any digital imaging department. More details are available at the Mobile CHILI Web site. You can also read the VMW June 2001 article about the Multimedia Terminal Mobile project: Mobile multimedia terminal allows physician to carry a tele-radiology workstation in his pocket.

Leslie Versweyveld

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