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U.S. National Institutes of Health
Cancer Diagnosis Program Cancer Imaging Program Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program Developmental Therapeutics Program Radiation Research Program Translational Research Program Biometric Research Branch Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Last Updated: 04/25/2012

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

TELESYNERGY®

http://telesynergy.nih.gov

Contact:
Mr. Jesse Brandys
301-496-6337, brandysj@mail.nih.gov

For patients located in medically underserved areas such as rural or economi­cally disadvantaged locales in the U.S. and worldwide, access to cutting-edge medical care and physician specialists is often unobtainable and par­ticipation in clinical trials unlikely.

TELESYNERGY® is a combination of computer hardware, telecommunica­tions software, medical equipment, and human expertise that allows clinicians to collaborate as if they were in the same room. With the system, cancer center specialists can consult on cases all over the nation and abroad and mentor inves­tigators who work with patients in underserved areas to promote participation in clinical trials. Currently, 11 institutions in the U.S. and 2 international organizations are linked via the system.

TELESYNERGY® Capabilities

  • Videoconferencing

    • Simultaneous video and audio streams
    • Compatible with all videoconference systems on the open market, including PolyCom® and PictureTel®
  • Data Exchange

    • DICOM image transfer (store and forward)
    • Data transfer, any type
  • Image Manipulation and Analysis

    • X-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound, etc.
  • Clinical and Research Microscopy

  • Interactive Discussions and Teaching Sessions

  • Imaging Add-ons as Needed

    • Retinal camera, ultrasound machine, examination camera, and others
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) – Compliant

  • Moving toward a Computer Workstation System to reduce operating costs and increase accessibility

RRP continues to deploy TELESYNERGY® systems throughout the U.S. and Europe. It also provides installation, training, ongoing technical support, and coordinates multisite TELESYNERGY® conferences.