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 Telemedicine - hospital monitoring and care, from the Internet

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Date posted: 17/12/2003

The Belfast Royal Group of hospitals have initiated a project to care for the state of health of toddlers and babies remotely, using a 768 kilobit per second system installed in their homes.

These systems are then tied into a similar set-up within the hospital itself, to enable monitoring by a specialist paediatric cardiology team.

Dr Gareth Morgan, a specialist registrar at the paediatric cardiology department of the Belfast hospitals said: "Telemedicine has been around for years now, however it is only through recent technological advancements that practical and workable applications have really opened up for us.", Adding "Parents seem very keen on involvement to cut out the unnecessary trips to the hospital and to have the security and comfort of the hospital's paediatric team being just a video call away."

Other departments of the group are also looking into telemedicine. These include neurology and radiology specialisations, who would benefit from the long-term monitoring, but without utilising hospital bed-space, or adding too much disruption to theeir patient's lives.

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