Telemedicine is definitely alive and kicking. A quick glance at the conference programme of this year's ITIS-ITAB'99 event offers sufficient proof of evidence. Inventive and practical plans to enhance the concept of Virtual Medical Worlds on the Web already are emerging from the Euromed project which only seemingly draws to an end. Tangible results will be presented in the crucial fields of cardiac imaging, nursing education, wireless connectivity and advanced network applications for clinical use. And there will even be a third day for health care adepts in store...
Indeed, the two-day ITIS-ITAB'99 Conference at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam on April 12th-13th 1999 will be crowned by the Health Care of the Future Workshop on April 14th. This initiative, organized by the Dutch TTN or Technology Transfer Node, presents the use of HPCN or high performance computing and networking in health care to a targeted audience of doctors, hospital managers, insurance people, patients and other parties involved in the complex network of health care institutions. The European Technology Transfer Workshop aims to offer a basis of discussion for future cooperation.
A representative selection of the multiple European TTN network projects in the health care area will be extensively demonstrated in the workshop. As such, the participants can dive into the worlds of HIPCOM, a project dealing with the design of HPCN-based computer aided engineering tools in the routine development process of a hip prosthesis; HIPERCIR, a real time 3D package for the visualization and segmentation of images; CAREN, a novel computer assisted rehabilitation environment; DAHLIA, a practical model for managing care by means of HPCN technologies; and EUROMED, which aims to collaboratively exploit, combine and support HPCN activities in order to enhance and standardize visualization techniques to be used in telemedicine applications throughout Europe.
Both the ITIS-ITAB'99 meeting and the Health Care of the Future Workshop intend to offer a dynamic, interactive and instructive survey of the innovative approaches towards the health care community in the next century. If you want to find out how the two concepts of telemedicine and high performance computing and networking harmoniously shake hands with the ambition to provide qualitative patient care at an affordable cost, then this is the place to be. Please, consult the ITIS-ITAB'99 home page for the latest news about the programme and the practical details for registration.