In the context of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the term is meant to encompass telemedicine and tele-education: the use of video conferencing to provide access to medical information, services and health care professionals for training, education and to facilitate medical research across distances.
At an undergraduate level Polycom systems have been installed on campus and at Vredenberg, enabling tele-education to happen over the limited bandwidth available at Vredenberg. Very little support is needed for this system and the biggest needs are training as well as gathering information for best practice and research purposes. Linking additional sites will be coordinated by Faculty IT but the order in which sites need to be connected is dependent on priorities as identified by academic departments.
At a postgraduate level the EDU e-learning team demonstrated the viability of using DVTS, which is high definition video conferencing software suitable for transmitting surgical procedures in great detail. The software has been used to receive (live surgery) and send images to the University of Japan. Currently there is interest from units within Groote Schuur and Red Cross Hospitals. Over the next year there will be foreseeable growth in this area as more units use the technology not only to educate clinicians and registrars, but also to observe, collaborate and have live communications with international recognised professionals.
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The Educational Development Unit, in conjunction with Faculty IT, has started the process to developing a video conference and tele-medicine solution for the faculty of Health Sciences.
To the end a series of seminars with various stakeholders has been held since August 2011 to solicit input for a proposal to coordinate and resource current and future activities. From these events a draft proposal will be written up by Dr Hartman (Director, EDU), Mr Corns (Faculty IT Manager) and Mr Doyle (IT Education Manager, EDU) and circulated to participants for further consideration. Thereafter it will be placed on VULA and contributions from the faculty sought. Once all inputs have been consolidated, it will be submitted to the Deanery.
(PowerPoint and Video files available only to faculty staff through Vula)
18 August - General Introduction
- Objective: To focus on developing a video conference and telemedicine solution for the faculty of Health Sciences.
- Video Polycom Presentation - Andrew Graley (Video) (PPT)
- Paediatrics presented by Prof Thomson on behalf of Prof Alp Numanoglu (Video) (PPT)
- Surgical management of IBD RXH presented by Prof Thomson on behalf of Prof Alp Numanoglu (Video) (PPT)
- Pharmacology - Dr Lesley Workman (Video) (PPT)
- Video Health Sciences ICT - Pierre Neethling (Video) (PPT)
- Video FHS ICT Infrastructure - Jerome Corns (Video) (PPT)
1 September - Postgraduate
- Objectives: To report on the video conferencing seminar held on 18 August and exchange information regarding possible applications at postgraduate level within the Faculty of Health Sciences
- Links to social responsiveness and quality improvement in training - Dr Nadia Hartman (PPT)
- Video conferencing at ICH - Dr Alp Numanoglu (Video) (PPT)
- Summary of Part I and Best practices - Greg Doyle (Video) (PPT)
- Teaching with VC at FHS - Jerome Corns (Video) (PPT)
- VC Network readiness - Jerome Corns (Video) (PPT)
- Discussion - Dr Nadia Hartman (Video)
15 September - Undergraduate
- Objectives: To exchange information focusing on current requirements at undergraduate level within the Faculty of Health Sciences. This is a broader discussion than just looking at needs related to Vredenberg (and possibly George), but also as to what faculty (including laboratory and biological sciences) requirements are. Using the discussion from the workshop as input for a proposal to coordinate and resource current and future activities.