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Cross-border Remote Medical Care
Joint Test Successfully Connects Thailand and Japan
Update: September 10, 2008
Keywords: healthcare, remote medical care, Asia, global
In a joint test of remote medical care procedures using a network connecting Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and Kyushu University in Japan between 2005 and 2007, it was shown that resident physicians in Thailand could be trained by instructors in Japan to operate an endoscope through real-time bidirectional training. It also was demonstrated that endoscopic surgical robots can be remotely operated and surgeries performed by physicians located overseas. The test used a composite network combining multiple networks between the two nations, and high-quality video transmitted stably and with minimal delay for use in medical treatments. It was demonstrated that cross-border medical care is possible, even with a minimum bandwidth of 3 Mbps, by integrating a combination of existing and cutting-edge technologies.
Japan Gigabit Network 2: A high-speed fiber-optic network in Japan that is used primarily for research and development. The network, which is managed by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), is open to industry, academic and government organizations for research, and is used for communication tests. The JGN2 has been operating as the JGN2plus since April 2008.
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