Transatlantic Telemedicine Summit,
ATLANTIC RIM NETWORK BOSTON MA
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This report contains the proceedings of the Transatlantic Telemedicine Summit held in Boston on 20-22 May 1997. Objectives Met 1 Convened an historic summit of over 200 Atlantic Rim policy makers, health care practitioners and technology providers capable of leading the development of sustainable, cost effective global telemedicine to discuss critical needs, obstacles faced and recommendations for action. 2 Provided participants with important examples which largely use interoperable, standards-based, scalable building blocks adaptable to the needs of different regions and different clinical specialties without a huge financial investment. 3 Facilitated the development of specific initiatives which can contribute to the development of high quality, affordable health care. Principle Results Brought together fiercely competitive health care consortiums, vendors and other providers, from different regions, fields and perspectives to participate in frank assessments of telemedicine, experiences and provide a firmer basis for undertaking own activities and engaging in cross national and collaborative projects. Provided a platform for representatives G7 global health care initiatives to meet together for the first time. Enabled US military, European, North American, Latin American and African and Asian representatives to address their concerns to a diverse international audience. Significance Broadened the definition of telemedicine, enhancing the roles of different stakeholders in the making of clinical, policy and technical and business decisions.
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