Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to sign with Apollo Telemedicine for telediagnostic solution

Falls Church 05 November 2003Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is installing Apollo Telemedicine's dynamic telediagnostic systems to create real-time visual connection between the pathologist in the laboratory and the surgeons in the operating room.

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Apollo is a ten-year-old software solutions provider which delivers clinically proven, patented software IT solutions that enable health care providers to make real-time medical diagnoses, saving time, money and lives. Apollo systems are being used in federal and private hospitals, laboratories and teaching institutions domestically and abroad. While Apollo applications are used for telemedicine, the company is an expert in telediagnostic and digital imaging systems for pathology.

Mark J. Newburger, Apollo CEO, stated: "Memorial Sloan-Kettering is the pre-eminent cancer research and treatment centre in the world. We are happy to be associated with such excellence, and believe that our systems will speed up and enhance health care delivery services to their patients."

Using the Apollo technology will enable physicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering to create real-time visual connections between the pathologist and surgeons in the operating room. Biopsies will be sent to pathology from the operating room, prepared, and then analysed. The results and the pathologist diagnosis will then be presented back to the operating room to discuss the results with the operating room team in real-time. The pathologist has the ability to annotate on any image being sent.

Twenty-three operating rooms will be connected via the network to the pathology department. The pathologist will have the ability to display the gross specimen, and the microscope slide. The Apollo Telemedicine solution will be used to organise and document each biopsy.

Founded in 1993, Apollo Telemedicine Inc. is a privately held company, headquartered in Virginia, which develops patented telepathology and pathology digital imaging software solutions. In 2003, Apollo launched ASAP Imaging, a TCP/IP based telediagnostic network, which enables health care professionals to provide diagnostic services via the Internet or intranet when and where these services are needed. More news about Apollo Telemedicine is available in the VMW April 2003 article Apollo Telemedicine introduces ASAP Imaging with live streaming imaging and reporting capabilities.


Leslie Versweyveld

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