Gˆteborgs Posten reported on a real life telemedicine event at the Scandinavian Network Expo 98 which took place in Gothenburg. A dermatologist examined a patient, who found himself in BorÂs, at fifty kilometres distance from Gothenburg. The connection between doctor and patient was provided through an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) link.
The live demonstrated ATM connection is a new wide band solution, developed by Ericsson, to enhance the quality of the images. The transmission of both image and sound is performed without any delay. The contact between the physician and the patient is established through a camera, a computer and a large display screen. The diagnosis instruments are supplied by the Levimed company.
At present, the technology is still very expensive, according to Leif Henriksson, project manager at Ericsson, but if the medical world gets really interested, the system might be installed next year. Initial costs will be easily gained back since important savings can be made in health care by means of this innovative technology.
Another telemedical pilot project has recently been set up in Angered, a location in Northern Gothenburg. X-ray specialists at Sahlgrenska University Hospital received x-ray images through computer transmission, a test which was performed successfully.