Accord Telecommunications, the company which is redefining the conferencing and collaboration industry, has recently been chosen to provide its MGC-100 Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) in support of the highly visible Fourth International Conference on Telemedicine that was held in Jerusalem from June 6th to 10th 1999. The attendees of the International Telemedicine Conference were able to experience the power of next generation multipoint technology and how it can be applied in telemedicine applications.
The success of the telemedicine conference was enhanced by the reliability and flexibility of the Accord MGC-100. The participants witnessed how the Accord MGC-100 substantially optimizes the way in which doctors reach and assist their patients in rural locations. Physicians located in the United States, in places such as Houston, Providence, Rhode Island, and in Tel Aviv, Israel, fully came to realize the benefits of multipoint conferencing.
The conference attendees were given the chance to watch real-life scenarios, featuring international doctors and specialists. One specific demonstration portrayed a multipoint videoconference between three physicians and the audience. One doctor was located at a rural clinic in the Northern Galilee region of Israel, another in the emergency room at the Rabin Medical Centre near Tel Aviv, and a third specialist at the Texas Children's Hospital Center for TeleHealth in Houston.
The impressive demonstration clearly establishes the tremendous value that multipoint conferencing brings to telemedicine applications, especially by quickly and easily bringing remote doctors together with distant experts for immediate consultations in real time, as stated by Dr. Yadin David, Director of the Center for TeleHealth and the Biomedical Engineering Department at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
A second demonstration depicted a multipoint "Grand Rounds", where several doctors can meet to discuss the best treatment for a complex medical case. This scenario included the Cancer Tumour Board of the Tzefat Hospital in Northern Galilee and specialists situated at the Brown University Medical Center, in Providence, Rhode Island, as well as at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.
The Accord MCU provides an excellent solution for medical consultation. Its Multi-way Transcoding feature is able to handle a whole range of different telecommunication links and its advanced Continuous Presence capability permits the consultation scenario to be configured according to the various medical needs, by adding further experts into the conference if necessary in complicated cases, as was concluded by Dr. Hamutal Meiri, Director of the North Carolina Israel Partnership.