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TME16/459: S.I.TE. Project: Spinal injury and Telemedicine

S Boccaccio; P Marano; R Saracco; N Dal Degan

Istituto Ortopedico Villa Salus Strada Provinciale Brucoli Augusta, Augusta, Italy


Introduction: A meeting held in Augusta, in November '98, proposed the launch of a Telemedicine application in order to improve spinal trauma rehabilitation protocols. This medical area, as many others, is still populated by diverse ideas and doubts on the possible protocol of intervention: a common protocol tying together surgical, rehabilitation, orthopaedic and neurological medicine can lead to significant results.
Methods: Scope of this project, is to realise a network (virtual-line) using Internet, connecting Italian and German spinal centres interested on this protocol, and to allow for the exchange of data, clinical reports, images, with different levels of interaction:
  1. Store and forward
    • E. mail;
    • Attached documents;
    • News group
  2. Real time
    • Videoconferencing system and electronic board.
External users may have restricted access to specific information, although we can see the results of the work in a web site always kept updated
Results: The specification phase is now complete and at present the work is progressing towards the realisation phase.
Discussion: This application is very interesting from different points of view:
  1. It is a new Telemedicine application.
  2. It uses Internet, hence transportation cost are marginal and its reliance on de facto standard browser eases further applications development and portability.
  3. It fosters a new approach to co-operative research in medicine.

(J Med Internet Res 1999;1(suppl1):e123)


Internet; Spinal Cord Injury; Telemedicine

Edited by G. Eysenbach; This is a non-peer-reviewed article. published 19.09.99

Please cite as:
Boccaccio S, Marano P, Saracco R, Dal Degan N
TME16/459: S.I.TE. Project: Spinal injury and Telemedicine
J Med Internet Res 1999;1(suppl1):e123
doi: 10.2196/jmir.1.suppl1.e123

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