Telemedicine exhibits drop at Telecon show

December 1, 1998

Telemedicine exhibits drop at Telecon showThe slow growth of the telemedicine market was evident at the TeleCon/TeleMed show in Anaheim in October. Approximately half as many companies as at last year's show chose to showcase wares in the

Telemedicine exhibits drop at Telecon show

The slow growth of the telemedicine market was evident at the TeleCon/TeleMed show in Anaheim in October. Approximately half as many companies as at last year's show chose to showcase wares in the Telemedicine Neighborhood.

Several vendors took the opportunity to introduce new telemedicine offerings, however, either in the Telemedicine Neighborhood or on the general TeleCon exhibit floor. Tandberg introduced Health Care System III, a telemedicine product that supports several medical applications-administrative functions, continuing medical education (CME), and consultative situations-as well as clinical and research environments. HCS III can support a PC and can incorporate store and forward packages, Internet access, patient database software, and LAN based applications, according to the company.

It operates on a specialized rollabout cart and features Tandberg's new Codec 5000. HCS III comes with a 20-inch medical-grade color monitor that provides video clarity at 600 lines of resolution, according to the Norwegian firm, which maintains U.S. offices in Herndon, VA. An optional patient mobile cart and camera provide for detailed viewing of patients, documents, or x-ray images, according to the company. A SVGA LCD flat-panel display is also available as an option. Available now, HCS III has a base list price of $33,750.

PictureTel launched MedLink, a telemedicine workstation targeted at clinical and emergency-room environments. The company believes healthcare professionals could employ the system to remotely interview patients, conduct physical examinations, and present interactive grand rounds.

A standards-based videoconferencing unit, MedLink sits on a mobile cart in a sealed environment, which protects the equipment from any liquids commonly seen in clinical situations, according to the Andover, MA-based company.

Medlink has a high-resolution monitor with broadcast rates up to 30 frames per second and a wireless microphone that allows for hand-free operation. Ouput of multiple medical devices can be integrated and the system can transmit simultaneous medical data, according to PictureTel. MedLink is available worldwide with a list price starting at $45,000.

Sony Electronics marked its debut in telemedicine at the show. The Park Ridge, NJ-based vendor unveiled its new line of telemedicine offerings: TriniCom 5100Plus, TriniCom3000Plus, and TriniCom Digital Meeting System (PNN 10/98).