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Akamai Network for Diagnosis, Treatment and Management to Support Telepresence.

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Annual rept. 31 Aug 96-30 Aug 97,

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The Akamai Project corresponds with the Joint Science and Technology Plan JSTP for Telemedicine, published by the Director, Defense Research and Engineering. A telemedicine needs assessment protocol has been developed to support future programs. Telemedicine capabilities are applied to urgent care, hemodialysis, pathology, radiology, surgery and nuclear medicine. A telemedicine evaluation protocol has been fully implemented. Telemedicine is more than patient care and technology the potential social impact and questions of data security and patient confidentiality have been assessed. The latter have been studied extensively and a new testing environment is underway. Technologies under development include a multimedia database and a virtual reality application for spine surgery, biopsy and breast palpation. These advanced concepts will play significant roles in telemedicine corresponding to the JSTP statement. As an educational program, teens from DC were trained to develop a home page to educate other teens about the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Significant progress has been made in segmentation, particularly in developing better edge detection capability, which is fundamental to the success of various imaging projects. Advances in chest imaging, especially in image processing, will further improve the quality of images in the telemedicine environment. We are working on telemedicine support for chronically ill patients with diabetes, hypertension andor kidney disease. Much of this work will be done in collaboration with the USAMRMC and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Cybernetics
  • Telemetry

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