Norwegian hospitals communicate through ATM-based network

Oslo 29 December 1997 Dagens Telecom has announced the installation of an ATM-based network at UllevÂl hospital in Oslo by Telenor. Transmission of high-speed voice and image data will soon be established between UllevÂl and other hospitals in Oslo, Akershus, Hedmark and Oppland by using Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) technology. According to Telenor, Norway outperforms the USA when it comes to telemedicine.

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Dagens Telecom has announced the installation of an ATM-based network at UllevÂl hospital in Oslo by Telenor. Transmission of high-speed voice and image data will soon be established between UllevÂl and other hospitals in Oslo, Akershus, Hedmark and Oppland by using Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) technology. According to Telenor, Norway outperforms the USA when it comes to telemedicine.

The scanning and transfer of x-ray images over the new network only takes a few seconds. Radiologists in one hospital communicate with their colleagues in other health care facilities to get a fast diagnosis and feedback on the transmitted data.

A similar network between a Swedish hospital and a military base hospital in Bosnia already has proven its quality and efficiency. Karl-Arne Johannesen, Director of UllevÂl hospital, welcomes the high-performance network as a two-way communications channel between local and regional hospitals to improve training facilities and have easier access to medical experts.

Individual patients equally benefit from the telemedical network as they receive more reliable diagnosis and appropriate care in better wards. Thanks to telemedicine, Johannesen forecasts a faster rehabilitation for his patients.


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