HaiVision supports TATRC in leading-edge telemedicine demonstrations at ATA 2005 conference

Denver 18 April 2005HaiVision Systems Inc. is supporting the first public demonstrations of revolutionary telemedicine procedures designed to bring together critical medical talents and patients-in-need. At the American Telemedicine Association event in Denver, the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), a subordinate element of the United States Army Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) is hosting a telesurgery demonstration based on research co-ordinated by a team of telesurgical experts from TATRC, Intuitive Surgical, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Cincinnati.


This demonstration represents the latest development in telemedicine, focusing on tele-mentoring procedures and other remote surgical interactions. HaiVision's hai500 series network video encoding/decoding systems have been selected for this demonstration due to their industry-leading low latency, high video quality, and extreme product reliability.

The message within the TATRC pavilion is "Raising The Bar: Improving Technology in the Continuum of Care". Bridging the gap between specialists and patients-in-need is a major challenge in providing care to remote regions and into extreme environments. TATRC's focus is in providing such care into battlefield situations.

HaiVision's systems have also been deployed successfully for telemedicine applications within NEEMO7 training missions, a joint initiative between NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, TATRC, and the Center for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS) of St. Joseph-s Hospital, Hamilton Ontario, enabling true-to-life interactive medical scenarios between astronauts and land-based specialists. The hai500 series is as well the leading product for expanding the reach of scarce resources within interactive board room tele-presence and regional and state-wide distance education systems.

"We are pleased with the support given to TATRC by leading-edge technology developers", expressed Dr. Timothy Broderick, Medical Director, Center for Surgical Innovation at the University of Cincinnati and a leader in these efforts within the Clinical Applications Division of TATRC. "HaiVision has shown a commitment to furthering the applications of remote visual interaction within the telemedicine field."

During the demonstrations, a TATRC surgeon interacts with a medical robot in Sunnyvale California, with the necessary video and audio feedback systems channeled through HaiVision's hai500 series encoders. The signals are then transmitted over the Internet, and decoded with HaiVision systems on the show floor. Due to the low latency and high quality of the audio video signals, the surgeon is empowered with the necessary hand-eye co-ordination required for effective surgical interaction.

Based in Montréal, Canada, HaiVision Systems Inc. is a global supplier of networked video technology for interactive true-to-life communications, mission critical network video transmission, and IP business video solutions. HaiVision's products and application appliances are used by telecom operators and systems integrators around the world to meet the demands of the highest quality broadband video applications. More company news is available in the VMW November 2004 article CMAS selects HaiVision's hai500 Codec for telemedicine procedures during NEEMO 7 space analogue mission.

Leslie Versweyveld

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