In the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, published by IOS Press in Amsterdam, recently became available the Handbook of Telemedicine. Born out of the three-year pilot project of the CATAI/Telemed consortium, funded by the European Leonardo da Vinci Programme, the volume is conceived as an introduction to the basic concepts of telemedicine, intended for students in the Faculties of Medicine, Computer Science, Telecommunications, Biomedical Engineering and Nautical Science. In twelve chapters and thirteen annexes, the guide to telemedicine offers a standardized Body of Knowledge to guarantee the safe performance of all types of telemedical treatment. Even for people belonging to the category of the interested outsider, this publication forms the perfect start for a deeper understanding of a new approach to health care.
The two editors have a long standing experience in the fields of medicine and information technology. Professor Dr. Olga Ferrer-Roca is a first class pathology expert at the University of La Laguna in Tenerife, and Dr. Marcelo Sosa-Iudicissa is responsible for the Scientific and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) office for the European Parliament in Brussels. Among the CATAI/Telemed project partners, they were able to gather a circle of specialized authors to cover the whole area of telemedicine related topics. The foreword has been written by Professor Alain Pompidou, who is Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of STOA. The opening chapter briefly describes the history of telemedicine in function of the technologies used and with regard to the development in the different countries in Europe and around the world.
The remaining chapters follow the logical steps of an academic course in the telemedical discipline. Chapter two offers a survey of the minimum technical requirements to set up a telemedicine service or system. In chapter three, the authors cover the analysis of the specific implementations required for the majority of medical specialities. The next chapter deals with the various transmission issues of multimedia data. A rather short entry is dedicated to the assessment factors for telemedical trials. The general relevance of the Internet and its use for Web-enabled applications are extensively treated in chapter six. The subject of training and education has been condensed in a few pages. The European directives as well as the tools to ensure data security and privacy protection are explained in chapter eight, followed by the short but important entry on liability and legislation.
Both the economical and social impact of telemedicine in relation to overall cost-effectiveness and commercial benefit in terms of smooth technology transfer receive appropriate attention in the chapters ten and eleven. The latest trends and technological advances are pictured in the final chapter. The annexes provide a more detailed description of some particular aspects related to the items which are treated in the book. They include topics, such as the activity of the international standardization bodies, a comprehensive glossary, a list of image formats, statistical evaluations, networking schemes, further explanations on Internet protocols, and so on. The Handbook of Telemedicine comprises a subject as well as an author index. The publication appears as the 54th volume in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics.
- HANDBOOK OF TELEMEDICINE
- Edited by Olga Ferrer-Roca and Marcelo Sosa-Iudicissa
- Published by IOS/Ohmsha Press - Amsterdam/Berlin/Oxford/Tokyo/Washington, DC
- 1998 - 295 p.
- ISBN 90 5199 413 3
- Available from Marcella Janmaat at IOS Press - Van Diemenstraat 94 - 1013 CN Amsterdam - The Netherlands
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