Aspects of assessment, education, security and practice in telemedicine at ITIS-ITAB'99

Amsterdam 16 March 1999 Barely will the Easter chimes have faded out before the starting signal of the ITIS-ITAB'99 telemedicine conference will be given on April 12th at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam. Twenty-three paper presentations and two forum sessions will highlight every crucial angle in the 21st century realm of the International Telemedical Information Society. This wealthy offer of lively interaction and cutting-edge information should raise the utmost attention of all last minute subscribers to conference registration. If you hurry, you can still join this provocative and stimulating event and participate in the creative brainstorming on telemedicine as a valuable and viable approach to future health care.

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Barely will the Easter chimes have faded out before the starting signal of the ITIS-ITAB'99 telemedicine conference will be given on April 12th at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam. Twenty-three paper presentations and two forum sessions will highlight every crucial angle in the 21st century realm of the International Telemedical Information Society. This wealthy offer of lively interaction and cutting-edge information should raise the utmost attention of all last minute subscribers to conference registration. If you hurry, you can still join this provocative and stimulating event and participate in the creative brainstorming on telemedicine as a valuable and viable approach to future health care.

Andy Marsh and Swamy Laxminarayan, the two chairs of ITIS-ITAB'99, will immediately set the tune on the first conference day, when respectively dealing with the Euromed project results up till now as well as with the latest developments in biomedical information technology. Next, the attendees will be invited to share their opinion and experiences with regard to the integration of heterogeneous technologies and standardization issues in telemedicine. The first forum session will be chaired by Tuomo Kauranne, the second by Gudrun Zahlmann, who are two leading expert researchers in these specific domains.

The ITIS-ITAB speakers have focused their paper presentations on four major telemedical topics, which are the clinical practice, the educational potential, security issues and evaluation methodologies. The utilization of innovative high performance computing (HPC) and Internet technologies for advanced 3D medical imaging and diagnostics, to facilitate detection of brain, cancer and heart diseases will be illustrated by seven different speakers related to the Euromed project. The concept of the Virtual Medical Worlds constitutes the integrating and binding factor in this type of applications. Telemedical education of health professionals and nurses will be addressed in two papers on the HealthLine and NICE projects.

Three talks will tackle the very important issue of security in relation to the set-up of a 21st century Global Health Network, the results achieved in the ISHTAR project, and the use of E-commerce components in telemedicine. In addition, ITIS-ITAB'99 presents the American, British and German viewpoint on how to adequately assess telemedical applications, services, systems and their users. The need for successful underlying technology, such as wireless telecommunications, will be equally dealt with. Some of the invited speakers did not yet reveal the subject of their presentation and are likely to surprise the audience with an unexpected view on the fast approaching birth of the telemedical information society.

The ITIS-ITAB'99 event will benefit from the occasion to already cast a glance forward with the announcement of the ITAB-ITIS 2000 event which is to take place in the United States. Attendees to the former ITIS'98 conference have realized that ongoing mutual contacts and collaboration might constitute the start of something truly big in the fast evolving universe of telemedicine and information technology related research and networking. In January 1999, the Virtual Medical Worlds Community has been launched as an interactive platform for continuous information exchange, discussion, brainstorming and fruitful co-operation between universities, research institutions, IT and medical organizations, hospitals and industry.

If you are curious to find out what Virtual Medical Worlds Community can do for you, please do not hesitate any longer and come to the ITIS-ITAB'99 event. You can consult the ITIS-ITAB'99 home page for the latest news about the programme and the practical details for registration.


Leslie Versweyveld

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