Virtual health care center in Georgia

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Abstract

Application of telemedicine systems to cover distant geographical areas has increased recently. However, the potential usefulness of similar systems for creation of national networks does not seem to be widely appreciated. The article describes the \Virtual Health Care Knowledge Center in Georgia\" project. Its aim was the set up of an online integrated web-based platform to provide remote medical consultations and eLearning cycles. The project \"Virtual Health Care Knowledge Center in Georgia\" was the NATO networking Infrastructure Grant dedicated for development of telemedicine in non-NATO countries. The project implemented a pilot to organize the creation of national eHealth etwork in Georgia and to promote the use of innovative telemedicine and eLearning services in the Georgian healthcare system. In June 2007 it was continued under the NATO Networking Infrastructure Grant \"ePathology ├óÔé¼ÔÇ£ Virtual Pathology Center in Georgia as the Continuation of Virtual Health Care Center\".

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Introduction
- Telemedicine involves providing health care servicesbetween two or more locations through the use of telecommunicationtechnology. A number of medical servicesincluding radiology, pathology as well asconsultations in specialized disciplines like neurology,dermatology and cardiology can readily be delivered oraccessed remotely using information technology 1.Telepathology is a part of telemedicine, which can bedefined as the practice of pathology over a distance byviewing images transmitted from a remote site 2,3. Theformer classification of telepathology differentiatesbetween the static and dynamic mode. In the static mode,a small number of digitized images are captured andtransmitted to a remote telepathologist. In the dynamicmode, images of the microscopic slides are transmittedand visualized in real time. Some of the dynamic systemsallow the robotic remote control of the microscope.Hybrid telepathology systems combine features of bothstatic-image and dynamic-robotic telepathology systems.The current development of virtual microscopy usingwhole slide images (WSI) allows the static mode as well asthe dynamic mode.

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