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Medical Equipment Monitoring
The impacts of modern technology on modern medicine and healthcare are enormous. It is no wonder that network connectivity, image capture and transmission have enabled a number of interesting new approaches for delivering cost-effective medical and healthcare services by specialists and generalists.
Remote guidance and diagnostics, remotely guided ultra sound, teleoperations are examples of what can be solved using remote medical equipment monitoring and solutions that transmit video over Ethernet. The network enabled medical imaging techologies solutions enable medical professionals to view and analyze the information no matter where they are physically located. Remote image monitoring can also be set up to be efficiently serve patients outside the medical facilities.
The network enabled image capture and transmission technologies are an integral component of the next generation healthcare delivery infrastructure that help doctors and medical professionals bring high-quality, consistent and cost-effective health care to its patients.
Network enabled image capture and transmission medical equipment applications can be successfully integrated into a variety of settings and situations to further enhance medical research and patient care.
It is now possible to diagnose given issues, problems and symptoms distantly. Traditionally, a patient is located together with a person and a system that are doing the diagnostics. With the ability to monitor medical equipment remotely they can be separated and interact either wirelessly or by wire. A consulting physician is provided with an accurate and clear real-time video feed of the situation through using the video capture hardware. For example, Epiphan Systems’ VGA2Ethernet solution captures DVI or VGA signals and transfers them at a rate of up to 120 fps over the Ethernet. By means of this frame grabber all specialists involved in the process of patient’s treatment acquire 100% lossless and diagnostic quality images and assess outcomes on standard of care and patient safety. Both imagery and video stream are available for remote interaction. Due to the possibility to capture the signal from the VGA output, frame grabbers are applied to transfer this video through the Internet.
Medical tasks’ guidance allows for performing tests or procedures from a remote location. During ultra-sound (US) diagnostics someone working in a remote environment can manage and assess an emergency medical condition. A number of injuries such as trauma to the knee, shoulder, fractured or broken bones, hemorrhaging or muscle atrophy can be assessed. This method virtually allows a minimally trained operator to cooperate with a high-skilled medical expert. Actually, the non-physician becomes the hands of the expert. Such application of the remote guidance is beneficial to emergency responders and battlefield medics. Using frame grabbers connected to the Internet for capturing images an expert can quickly assess the injury severity and make a decision whether to transport a patient to a hospital or treat injuries on site. According to NASA researchers, they have optimized methods allowing non-physician operators obtain US images which include musculoskeletal injury.
These programs are mostly targeted at elderly patients suffering from chronic diseases: diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure etc. Basic measuring equipment is installed in homes of patients. It is connected to a monitoring health care center through the Internet. The target of the program is to register the problem at early stage and improve patient self-management through medical equipment monitoring. This approach reduces the need for hospitalizations and office visits. It is much cheaper than organizing telephone surveys conducted by nurses. Now rehospitalization rates are cut and the nursing staff works more efficiently. The remote equipment monitoring success depends on person-to-person communication. The new technology is combined with existing principles of self-management.
Cardiac equipment monitoring
Remote cardiac monitoring systems for patients improve their quality of life and prevent hospital admissions. The systems send information about the weight and blood pressure to the hospital every day and if the readings are too high, the physicians intervene immediately. Solutions for remote medical care provide a non-invasive assessment of cardiac function that allows avoiding any vibrations and sudden impact possible during medical treatment in an ambulance. They capture high-resolution images and transfer the information about the patient’s health to the hospital in a real-time mode. Remote patient management systems are capable of monitoring virtually patients with implantable cardiac devices between follow-ups. This enables clinicians to perform early diagnostics. Due to medical equipment monitoring clinicians are able to intervene earlier where appropriate and mitigate the risks. Cardiac inpatients don't need to be transferred to a hospital far from home, or drive one and a half hours for outpatient monitoring. Scores of patient satisfaction show that this is a beneficial use of technology.
Remote diagnostic imaging
Diagnostic image capture is crucial in all medical settings and at all health care levels. Both in curative and preventive medicine taking of effective decisions depends on correct diagnosis. In case of remote diagnostics the use of images for diagnostics is paramount in correct assessing and confirming disease processes. VGA Printer by Epiphan Systems provide a means for obtaining magnetic resonance, X-ray, thermal, and acoustic images increasing the efficiency of a diagnostic survey. This solution accurately captures VGA images and allows you to get a hardcopy on a standard or network printer. The VGA over Ethernet solutions provide transmission of medical images over telecommunication channels, and their storage. This integral part of remote diagnostics requires reliable and high-performance equipment.
Solution for printing VGA images
VGA Printer by Epiphan Systems is an ideal solution for printing images. It connects to all types of medical equipment (ultra-sound machines, X-ray machines, PET scanners etc.) with a VGA output and allows for printing the VGA content whether it be video or series of shots provided by system. Any specialist having access to web can examine an image in a few seconds after it has been captured from the medical equipment. VGA Printer is an external device requiring no additional software installation. Just plug it in, get a network printer and your colleague will enjoy high-quality images on the other end of the world.