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J Clin Eng. 1996 Sep-Oct;21(5):383-91.

A network-based prototype for interactive telemedicine & automated management of distributed, clinical databases.

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Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ, USA.


A network-based prototype has been developed to automate the process of generating and maintaining distributed databases of medical images and clinical reports, and for conducting interactive consultation among disparate clinical and research sites irrespective of the architecture of interacting computers. Pathologists routinely interpret gross and microscopic specimens to tender diagnoses and to engage in a broad spectrum of research. This assessment process leads to clinical decisions often limited by time constraints and by the availability of local expertise. Consultation with peers at other institutions is typically achieved by direct transfer of slides rather than images. A network of heterogeneous computer platforms, graphical user interfaces, and operating systems was established to test the performance of the software. Clinical diagnoses rendered by pathologists using the prototypical system and software were consistent with those reported two years earlier using conventional light microscopy in more than 97% of the cases studied.

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