For the first time, the renowned videoconferencing system expert, PictureTel, has designed a mobile telemedicine workstation for interactive use in operating theatres, emergency room environments, and critical care units. The MedLink device has been equipped with innovative audio and video technology of the highest quality, allowing to support a wide variety of health care applications. MedLink enables the medical specialist to remotely examine and treat patients, who can be reached at any imaginable location in the world, no matter how isolated it may be.
The Andover based company has built a long, solid experience in the delivery of visual collaboration solutions and services to the industry in general and to the health care sector in particular. The new MedLink device goes one step further, since the innovative workstation offers interactive and tailor-made assistance for telemedical interventions. Largely inspired on PictureTel's Venue 2000 Model 50, the workstation is network independent and perfectly compatible with the other visual collaboration systems in the PictureTel family.
MedLink even shows equal compatibility with alternative systems as long as they are based on the currently validated standards. The system operates over Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), T-1/E-1 and all sorts of local area networks. The videoconferencing unit for telemedicine has been nicely installed within a properly sealed environment in order to protect the high quality equipment from the various liquids that are a common phenomenon in clinical locations. The device is placed on a mobile cart with ergonomic and user-friendly facilities.
MedLink consists of a high resolution monitor which allows images to be broadcast at professional rates of 30 frames per second, about the same quality as television broadcasts. The use of a wireless microphone which reacts to natural speech enables the physician to keep his hands free for other tasks. Several medical devices can be connected to the unit. Patient records and medical tests are transmitted separately or simultaneously, and with as well as without on-screen annotation, depending on the different needs imposed by the type of remote consultation.
The telemedicine workstation is well fitted out to pay fine services in a broad range of scenarios, such as patient interviewing, remote physical patient's examination, the presentation of interactive grand rounds but also health administrative jobs, like the negotiation of medical supplies contracts. In this regard, the MedLink solution presents features which are very much comparable with those offered by the Health Care System III workstation, as developed by the Tandberg Company.