Harborview Medical Center adopts Trestle technology to facilitate intra-operative consultations

Irvine 01 June 2004Harborview Medical Center (HMC), a 368-bed patient care, teaching and research facility located in Seattle, has purchased MedMicro, a live digital imaging product, developed by Trestle Holdings Inc., a supplier of digital imaging and telemedicine applications. HMC, managed by the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), will use MedMicro to connect its neuropathology lab to the Internet, allowing HMC neuropathologists to interactively view and navigate slides in real-time from any remote location with Internet access.


Currently, neurosurgery is performed at HMC and UWMC with the same neuropathologist group serving both locations. One location serving two facilities requires co-ordination between the two medical facilities for the neuropathologists who are involved in diagnostic services. However, with the implementation of MedMicro, the neuropathologists will be able to perform consultations without having to travel between the two facilities.

Donald E. Born, M.D., Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, department of pathology, University of Washington, stated: "We purchased Trestle's MedMicro product to eliminate travel time between UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. By enabling the remote viewing of slides, we hope MedMicro makes it much more convenient and efficient for our neuropathologists to perform intra-operative consultations."

"We are pleased that our MedMicro product has been selected by the University of Washington Medical Center neuropathology group", stated Michael Doherty, chairman of the board of directors, Trestle Holdings Inc. "By reducing the need to travel between multiple sites, we believe MedMicro can drive time and cost savings for health care institutions."

Trestle Holdings Inc. develops and sells digital imaging and telemedicine applications to the life sciences markets. The company's products, MedReach, MedMicro and MedScan, link dispersed users with each other, information databases, and analytical tools. This improved integration drives cost savings and process efficiencies, enables improved pre-clinical and clinical phases of research and development for new drugs, and enhances patient care.

Trestle's digital imaging products, MedMicro and MedScan, have the potential to transform the pathologist work environment by capturing digital images of tissue samples and enabling the sharing, archiving, and analysis of these images. MedMicro, the company's live microscopy product, allows multiple physicians and scientists to remotely view, navigate, and share high-fidelity microscope images at sub-micron resolution over standard Internet connections in real-time.

MedScan, the company's second generation imaging product, performs high-speed whole glass slide digitization. MedScan facilitates image analysis, data management, digital work flow and data association applications for clinical and research customers. For example, for pharmaceutical companies, MedScan enables improvements to the pre-clinical and clinical phases of research and development through better capture, management and analysis of tissue sample information.

Telemedicine enables the remote delivery of patient care using integrated health information systems and telecommunications technologies. Trestle's integrated telemedicine product, MedReach, allows scientists, physicians and other medical professionals around the world to service more patients. MedReach uses proprietary software and standard computer and medical hardware to facilitate remote examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients through real-time integration of voice, video, medical devices, and patient data. More neews about Trestle can be found in the VMW February 2004 article Trestle delivers MedMicro telepathology tool to cancer researcher Bostwick Laboratories and its Medreach telemedicine solution to University of Louisville

Leslie Versweyveld

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