International Society for Telemedicine
Dr. Ronald Merrell, Mr. Charles Doarn and Dr. Rifat Latifi participated in the International Society for Telemedicine annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec Canada, October 2-4, 2000. Dr. Merrell co-chaired a plenary session on 'Telemedicine in Space Research'. Mr. Doarn gave a plenary presentation of Telemedicine at NASA. In addition, Mr. Doarn gave two presentations on MITAC activities in Devon Island and Distance Learning. Dr. Latifi chaired a panel on 'International Networks: Telemedicine in Developing Countries'. He also presented the concept of the international e-hospital of Kosova. MITAC was also represented on a number of other presentations.
G-8 Subproject 4
The MITAC is the lead center in the U.S. for the seven democratic (G-7) nations plus Russia (G-8) activity on the intraoperability of telemedicine systems. This activity is known as Subproject 4. MITAC Scientific Director, Dr. Jay Sanders, was the US representative to this group. Mr. Doarn and Dr. Sanders were authors on the final report, which was presented to the G-8 leaders in Berlin in April 2000. The follow-up activitity is International Multipoint Project of Advanced Communication in Telemedicine (IMPACT). MITAC continues to work with G-8 members in this area.
Through an academic arrangement with the Virginia BioTechnology Park and others, MITAC has been chosen as a VCU representative to partner with Microsoft (Redmond, WA.) In an effort to develop and vertically market next generation telemedicine applications, MITAC, Microsoft and its partners will evaluate many of the challenges and opportunities in the field of telemedicine and medical informatics. Dr. Ron Merrell, Chuck Doarn and Brett Harnett have visited the research center twice and expect to begin collaboration before the end of the year.
Dr. Merrell's Microsoft Lecture can be viewed online here
NASA Johnson Space Center Inspection 2000
MITAC personnel, Charles Doarn, Brett Harnett and Norman Stewart, participated in NASA Johnson Space Center's Inspection 2000 held on the campus of Johnson Space Center. NASA opened its doors to the public to showcase a variety of technology it is working on. The MITAC displayed the Rapidly Deployable Telemedicine Unit and discussed MITAC activities with students, staff and commercial organizations. The overall purpose was for people outside NASA to gain an appreciation for what technology is available for potential commercialization.
ISS Conference February 2000
Dr. Merrell and Mr. Doarn were interviewed by WHRO TV in regards to the International Space Station (ISS) Teleconference program, which aired on PBS February 24, 2000, 12:30-3:00pm EST. The focus of the interview was on how the MITAC serves as a commercial incubator for NASA and human space flight, and how telemedicine and the MITAC interact with industry.