1. tively isolated offshore island of Catalina via state-of-the-art telemedicine systems. Patients will be cared for in their own locale by means of PacBell network transmittal of USC Emergency medicine support instead of having to travel to distant specialists (e.g., by helicopter or boat from Catalina).

    Contact: F.W. George III, M.D.

    University of Southern California

    Advanced Biotechnical Consortium

    1537 Norfolk Street, DEI-5103

    Los Angeles, CA 90033

    (213) 342-3671

  2. Support rural primary care physicians consulting with remote specialists in West Virginia. A consortium of nine institutions led by the Concurrent Engineering Research Center of the West Virginia University will demonstrate the viability of secure clinical telemedicine on public telecommunication networks and show that its adoption as an integral part of an overall health care plan can result in cost savings and improved access to quality health care for rural populations. Rural primary care physicians, physicians' assistants, and other authorized users will have secure access to electronic medical records and patient monitor data, and be able to confer with collaborating health care providers at a distance in the treatment of patients.

    Contact: Ramana Reddy, Ph.D.

    Concurrent Engineering Research Center

    West Virginia University

    886 Chestnut Ridge Road

    Morgantown, WV 26506

    (304) 293-7226 (304) 293-7541(fax)

  3. Improve care to high-risk newborns and their families in Massachusetts. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will use telemedicine to provide educational and emotional support to families of high-risk newborns both during their hospitalization and following discharge. This innovative use of technology should increase parents understanding of their baby's continuing medical needs and provide a clear cost savings. Prior to their baby's discharge from the hospital, parents will be able to observe the baby's care via a television monitor in their home. Following discharge, patients in their homes will continue to be connected via television to Beth Israel Hospital. The trial will examine the potential of


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