ITIS-ITAB'99 focuses on global health care delivery in the emerging telemedical information society

Amsterdam 12 January 1999 Constant renewal preserves the inner dynamic force of all living organisms. ITIS'98, last year's successful International conference of the Telemedical Information Society, has been rebaptized to ITIS-ITAB'99. This joint meeting of the Second International Workshop on the Telemedical Information Society and the Second International Conference on Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine will be held at the RAI Conference Centre in Amsterdam on April 12th-13th 1999. The event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. The organizing committee welcomes all experts, active in the biomedical and telemedical areas but at the same time insists that the meeting is open to students and the general public as well.

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Constant renewal preserves the inner dynamic force of all living organisms. ITIS'98, last year's successful International conference of the Telemedical Information Society, has been rebaptized to ITIS-ITAB'99. This joint meeting of the Second International Workshop on the Telemedical Information Society and the Second International Conference on Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine will be held at the RAI Conference Centre in Amsterdam on April 12th-13th 1999. The event is co-sponsored by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. The organizing committee welcomes all experts, active in the biomedical and telemedical areas but at the same time insists that the meeting is open to students and the general public as well.

As part of the International HPCN '99 Conference, ITIS-ITAB'99 presents a balanced mixture of animated forum discussions and provoking paper presentations, covering a varied range of topics which directly relate to the creation of a multi-disciplinary information society for health care. The implementation of innovative web technologies theoretically enables the birth of a fully integrated telemedical information society. The question is whether this constitutes the appropriate way to approach the health care society for the 21st century.

Experts in several fields of information technology have been invited to offer the ITIS-ITAB'99 conference participants a detailed view on the potential of revolutionary developments in teleradiology and telesurgery, virtual and augmented reality, security issues for telemedical applications, Electronic Commerce in medicine, medical decision support systems, human-machine interfaces, multimedia applications in medical education, and other related items. ITIS-ITAB'99 will provide the opportunity for individuals to express their opinion and take part in the discussions with the specialists.

The forum sessions have been grouped around three themes, including the two challenges of standardization and data management, and the integration of technologies. ITIS-ITAB'99 chairman Dr. Andy Marsh will receive excellent assistance from co-chair Dr. Swamy Laxminarayan, programme-chair Dr. Tuomo Kauranne, programme co-chair Dr. Metin Akay and international chair Dr. Christian Roux. The Virtual Medical Worlds Magazine will cover the event. You can find all useful information and details for registration at the ITIS-ITAB'99 home page.


Leslie Versweyveld

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