The Nagasaki University and the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, both situated in Tokyo, are planning an on-line medical service for 1998. This telemedicine system has been set up to help patients in the former Soviet Union who suffer from ailments, due to the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident in 1986.
In the previous years, the Nagasaki University already has been organising medical assistance on the spot in the Chernobyl region. Until now, some 160.000 victims have been examined in the local clinics in order to detect the severe consequences of the nuclear catastrophe for the people's health. The telemedical link between Tokyo and the Chernobyl area will supplement the existing facilities, taking into account that the Japanese University specialists have built up quite some experience with radiation-related ailments.
The partnership between the Nagasaki University and the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation has resulted in the development of a ready-to-use technology for the direct transmission of medical patient data. The new telemedicine service for remote diagnosis of serious disease cases, caused by radiation infection, will start as soon as possible.