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 Western Australia launches e-medicine centre

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Date posted: 24/08/2005

The world?s first initiative devoted solely to electronic medicine was launched yesterday by Edith Cowan University. Theier dedicated research centre will house two dozen AR specialists working on equipment and delivery methods to improve healthcare for people in regional and remote locations.

Researchers at the International Centre for Health Care Solutions, known as e-Med, are working on Star Trek-style portable devices, futuristic virtual surgical training tools and biosecurity innovations.

E-Med is based at two locations - the Lions Eye Institute in Nedlands and Edith Cowan University's Joondalup campus - but its staff will collaborate in cyberspace from all over. So far, Western Australia has contributed $2.25 million towards the project.

Professor Kanagasingam Yogesan, e-Med director, said the growth of preventable disease in developed and developing nations is accelerating at a much greater rate than qualified personnel are being trained.

"The need for mass screening and point-of-care diagnosis technology is huge," he said.

E-Med researchers are working on low-cost diagnostic imaging devices for eye health; portable x-ray tools; virtual-reality equipment for training in surgery; and innovations in managing wound care.

Telemedicine will be a big part of the future and e-Med means Western Australia will be at the forefront of this trend, she added.

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