The Times announced the installation of an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) network at the United Leeds Teaching Hospital in the UK. This technology offers students audio-visual teaching directly from the operating room.
The ATM network has been set up by the Siemens Network Systems Company and can be used for both teaching and administrative purposes simultaneously. There is no need for a supplementary network in order to cope with the extra bandwidth requirements
In the classroom, students are able to watch surgical interventions in progress since direct transmission of audio-visual data is being provided right from the operating theatre. They can discuss at once the applied surgical techniques.
In this way, trainees and students are live being introduced to the new keyhole surgery technology. What effects this alternative approach of surgical treatment will result and how the public will react to it, still remains open to questions, according to The Times.