Clin Endosc.  2012 Mar;45(1):73-77. 10.5946/ce.2012.45.1.73.

International Live Endoscopic Multichannel Demonstration Using Superfast Broadband Internet Connections

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. hamjs@hanyang.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Computer Sciences and Engineering, Hanyang University College of Engineering, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Endoscopic Diagnostics and Therapeutics, Kyushu University Faculty of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS
Telemedicine is a convenient and efficient tool for remote education in various fields. The telemedicine system can also be used to educate doctors and medical students. The aim of our study was to establish the effectiveness of the telemedical system for use in a live endoscopic multichannel demonstration conference and to test the effectiveness and usefulness of a multicenter-based live endoscopic demonstration through live, interactive, high resolution video transmission using advanced networks and the digital video transport system (DVTS).
METHODS
This study is a prospective multicenter pilot study. A live demonstration of an endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) using advanced network technology was performed.
RESULTS
The DVTS successfully transmitted uncompressed, high-resolution, digital lectures with endoscopy video during a multichannel endoscopic live demonstration of ESD and ERCP over multiple advanced networks. The overall satisfaction rating when the endoscopic lecture demonstration was performed by combining DVTS was generally good.
CONCLUSIONS
We believe that a multicenter-based live endoscopic demonstration is a very effective conferencing method when using advanced networks and DVTS.

Keyword

Telemedicine; Internet; International educational exchange
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