Children's Hospitals in New Jersey, Tennessee Connect Electronically


St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, N.J., has connected with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., to consult with physicians through high-definition video conferencing on complex pediatric cases, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

St. Joseph's can send high-definition images, including pathology slides and imaging studies, to St. Jude's through technology developed by Polycom. The technology uses Internet2 -- a faster, noncommercial Internet system for research purposes -- that enables physicians to transmit three-dimensional images faster, the Star-Ledger reports.

"The level of detail is so accurate now that it lends itself to really making a pinpoint diagnosis," Michael LaMacchia, chair of pediatrics at St. Joseph's, said.

The technology also allows surgeons to display operating room procedures for colleagues in other states and countries, according to Polycom officials (Stewart/Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger, 4/24).

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