Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital constitutes the principal association of health care facilities in the Northeast of Texas, with no less than 82 member institutions. The major challenge involves the delivery of appropriate health care services to customers who whether are difficult to reach geographically or unattainable in the normal space of time. In these cases, direct patient interaction is extremely expensive and inefficient, if not ineffective altogether. Because telemedicine forms an affordable answer to the problem, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Association has signed an agreement with VidiMedix for the promotion of this company's telemedicine systems, peripherals, related products, system integration and maintenance services.
The VidiMedix telemedicine system can be used in consultations between physicians as well as in remote patient examinations. By means of networked computer workstations, the health care provider is able to send, receive, and store a wide range of information and images through advanced communication networks. Innovative whiteboarding and audio recording facilities allow the physicians to simultaneously view, mark, and annotate all of the selected data. In order to fully integrate this essential state-of-the-art technology, VidiMedix is partnering with Intel, Microsoft, Data General and Dell.
Within the terms of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council agreement, the VidiMedix Series 1000 Medical System will be promoted as an interactive multimedia communications tool to support the physician in the process of distant examination and diagnosis. The doctor, whether he is a primary care provider, a specialist or an emergency room physician, is able to remotely initiate the treatment of a patient. The system allows the medical expert to be "virtually present". Doctors can provide colleagues at distant locations with all sorts of medical images, varying from radiology to wound care, to view, interpret and annotate the material for an accurate and timely diagnosis.
Even the patient's file, which might consist of scanned laboratory results, medical images and records, can be transferred from one site to another for evaluation and consultation purposes. In interactive discussions between physicians as well as in doctor to patient encounters, the medical images and information simultaneously are being presented to both parties to be viewed, annotated and understood. In this regard, the patient's family is also offered a chance to get informed on the implications of the diagnosis as well as the treatment plan.
The VidiMedix telemedicine solution fits into the growing success of a cost-effective but reliable access to health care delivery in underserved regions where the needs are high. All over the world, in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, telemedicine has already proved to constitute a valuable alternative to optimize the productivity of underutilized specialist physicians, according to Phil Faris, President and Chief Executive Officer of VidiMedix. For more information on the company's strategic alliances, we refer to the industrial corner of this month's VMW issue.