An integrated communications platform for advanced end-to-end distant medical education services

Christos Papachristos, Vasilis N. Tsoulkas, Athanasios A. Pantelous

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In this article, we propose the implementation of an integrated platform for the provision of advanced tele-medicine services over satellite, specifically tailored to the continuing medical education and training of health professionals on new surgical techniques. The system will enable the transmission of live - high quality - surgical video from operating rooms, including both panoramic and endoscopic view, in order to facilitate a) training of surgeons and/or students on advanced surgical techniques through the observation of live procedures using the daVinci system and b) mentoring/proctoring of novice surgeons during their initial laparoscopic procedures. The system also provides interaction between trainees and local surgical tutors via videoconference. It is aimed at implementing an end-to-end solution, which will offer horizontal integration of the proposed tele-medicine service, with the offer of equipment and broadband satcom/telecom services, in a scalable and adaptable manner that can be easily replicated on a wider scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Simulation: Systems, Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • DVB-RCS standard
  • HDTV
  • Robotic assisted surgery
  • Satellite link
  • Tele-mentoring
  • Tele-training

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