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Technology and Equipment

 

The particular choice of equipment is determined by the clinical need and how the equipment will be used. For telemedicine, a secure videoconference system with a high-speed internet connection is common. These systems can be stand-alone units or platforms integrated with a personal computer or laptop. Peripheral devices, such as electronic otoscopes and stethoscopes, are also used. Telehealth applications also use video systems, digital cameras, store-and-forward software (which captures an image or video so it may be viewed at a later time), and many other integrated systems. Today mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets are also commonly used.

Almost any medical, nursing, or allied health service can be provided via telemedicine for follow-up or consultation purposes. A traditional, in-person visit may still be needed for a physical examination or procedure, but telemedicine visits may be used for short follow-up visits. The type of visit needed is determined by the provider in conjunction with the patient. A wide range of specialty services has been provided via telemedicine at KU Medical Center, including cardiology, developmental pediatrics, diet and nutrition, mental health, oncology, pediatrics, and psychiatry.

Today's high-definition video systems use the Internet, or Internet Protocol (IP) and work most effectively at 1 Mbps or more, but a high-quality interaction can also occur at lower speeds. Common tools for testing your bandwidth are available at http://speedtest.googlefiber.net/ or https://fast.com/ A general rule is that if you can view a Youtube video with smooth, uninterrupted video, you should have enough bandwidth for HD video conferencing. Several brands of ITV systems are available on the market and most are compatible with one another. KUCTT has connected with ITV systems in Asia, Australia, Europe, West Africa, and South America.

Peripherals devices are tools that connect to the video system that enhance the ability of the health provider to see and hear the patient even when they are miles apart. These devices differentiate telemedicine from video conferencing. KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth uses a variety of peripherals, such as digital stethoscopes, otoscopes (for the ear, nose or throat), dermascopes (skin, burns, wounds), or intraoral scope (teeth, mouth, throat).

Telemedicine & Telehealth

University of Kansas Medical Center
KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth
4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 1160
Mail Stop 7001
Fairway, KS  66205
Fax: 913-588-2457
Phone: 913-588-2226
telemedicine@kumc.edu