From June 21st to 23rd, the Digital Group of Telehealth Companies organized InterMed'99, a major international medical and health care event and exhibition. In Toronto, health care industry representatives from all over the world, were able to participate in no less than ten distinct sector related programmes under one roof. The organizers welcomed over 15.000 health care professionals, general practitioners, nurses, buyers, distributors, and staff people from hospitals and institutions from 45 countries, and over 700 exhibitors from 20 countries during this giant three-day event.
InterMed'99 offered a level of seminar & conference programmes not previously seen before at a North American medical event. Major health experts presented more than thirty scientific papers or health seminars and turned the conference into an educational forum, where medical and health care professionals were given the opportunity to discuss the latest medical innovations. The different programme categories covered the fields of lab research, biomedicine, diagnosis, emergency, pharmacology, rehabilitation, surgery, telemedicine, medical instrumentation, innovation and electrical appliances.
Focusing on the telemedicine section in particular, the programme offered a host of renowned speakers, who tackled all the hot issues with relation to the current status of telehealth. Presentations dealt with topics, such as:
- A new society for telehealth by Dr. Jocelyne Picot, director of InfotelMed Communications Inc.
- Growing a successful Telehealth Canadian Society of Telehealth Industry in Canada by Dr. Gordon Atherley, president of the Telehealth Association of Ontario
- Introduction to telehealth by Dr. Rod Elford, director of Digital Telehealth Inc.
- Integrated mobile telemedical systems: current status and future prospects by Dr. Robert S.H. Istepanian, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
- Sharing lessons learned: a U.S. and Canadian perspective by John Evans, MBA, manager of GBS Commercial Satellite
- Telemedicine experience in Canada by Dr. Rod Elford
- Video-medical and social home teleservices: experience and perspectives from Germany by Karl and Veli Stroetmann, Empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung
- Telehealth, an international phenomena: a focus on North and Southern hemispheres in the Americas by John Connors, president of ChilCana Consulting
- Technology commercialization, an international perspective by James Barron, director of International Business Development, Digital Image FX Inc.
- The use of the Internet in medicine by Paul Zimnik of Zimnik Research, LLC
- Ergonomics and the telemedicine workspace by Thomas Emodi, director of Digital Architects
- Imaging parameters: an issue in eye care related diagnosis by Dr. Danielle Beauregard, University of Houston, College of Optometry
- The child telepsychiatry project and evaluation by Dr. Rod Elford
- Private/public sector collaboration for the implementation of telehealth by Jeffrey Vachon, vice-president of Cifra Medical Inc.
- Change management for telehealth by Roberta Staveley of Computing Devices Canada Ltd.
- Optimizing the delivery of health care using visual collaboration by Tony DeFrancesco, health care marketing manager of PictureTel Corporation
- An overview of medical peripheral devices for telemedicine by Walter Smith, regional manager of American Medical Development
- The new frontier: telehome care bringing health services to the patient's home by Barry Martin of Cadeus Health Care Ltd.
- Cardiac monitoring systems by Kris Shaw of Baylis Medical Inc.
- Establishing a telehome care network by Dr. Geoff Heseltine of Telemedisys
- Telecare in the home by Dr. Rod Elford
In addition to the speakers' programme, the Digital Group of Telehealth Companies was responsible for various telemedicine demonstrations, which included:
- A telemedicine session with the Minister of Trade from Great Britain, Brian Wilson, figuring as patient at a remote site in Scotland. The telemedicine physician was Dr. Rod Elford from Digital Telehealth Inc.
- A telemedicine session with Dr. John Coller from Lahey Clinic, figuring as patient at the remote site of Worldcare at the Lahey Clinic in Boston. Also in this case, Dr. Rod Elford was the telemedicine physician.
- A Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Demonstration (Iridium) during which Paul Cochrane, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health in Canada and Wayne Bell, InterMed'99 organizer from the Digital Group of Telehealth Companies, made contact with a Canadian Air Force C-130 aircraft at High Arctic, a site which is near the North Pole. In fact, this constituted a follow-up test, after the first ever demo in December 1998 between the US Air Force and Digital's ARTIC Lab. In fact, this was the very first time that an airborne platform made contact to an earth station from such a high latitude via LEO satellite.
- Other telemedicine and telehealth sessions to Calgary, Alaska and Hawaii.
You can find an abstract of the lecture Integrated mobile telemedical systems: current status and future prospects by Dr. Robert S.H. Istepanian in the current VMW issue.