October 3, 2015


How networks are driving innovation in healthcare (Mackensie Graham, 10/01/15, Next Web)

Thankfully the networks developed for, and those used by, the healthcare system are innovating in diagnosis, treatment and recovery. [...]

Remote healthcare reached a new high in 2003 with the world's first hospital-to-hospital telerobotics assisted surgery in Canada. Computer Motion's ZEUS Surgical System was used at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton by Dr. Mehran Anvari.

The system was supported by the highly secure and high-speed Bell Canada's Virtual Private Network enterprise (VPNe), which relied on Cisco Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology to connect with the robot arm executing the surgery in North Bay General Hospital over 250 miles away from St. Joseph's.

There was less than a 150 millisecond delay between Dr. Anvari's hand movements and the robotic instruments. The instruments at North Bay General Hospital were overseen and positioned by a general surgeon, Dr. Craig McKinley. With rural communities and poor hospitals, such technological power can be used to share resources with populations that may not otherwise have any access to a necessary surgery or a conversation with a specialist.

Virtual care also comes into play for less serious incidents. HealthTap has a monthly subscription model for access to its resource of 70,000 US licensed, board-certified doctors. Such a set-up encourages reaching out to a healthcare professional as opposed to putting off visiting the doctor when symptoms arise

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