Telemedicine and e-Health: Why Do We Need Internet2?
Time 04/28/10 01:15PM-02:30PM
The use of telemedicine, e-health, electronic health records, and health information exchange (HIE) offers a unique transformation in healthcare systems. Telemedicine networks provide improved access to healthcare services, a means of distributing limited resources, enhanced continuity of care, along with a more efficient and effective methods of sharing important health information. The majority of these telemedicine and HIE networks use the commodity Internet. The Internet2 (I2) network is a national backbone that interconnects to 23 regional networks that combined provides nationwide connectivity. I2 also has partnerships with 53 international networks that provide coverage worldwide. Proponents have stated that I2 offers a more reliable and high quality service to better support health education, research and clinical activities which the commodity Internet does not predictably deliver. Further, it is argued that I2 offers a better means of providing access to the bandwidth that allows the user to match the technology with their workflow. As the demand for affordable broadband to support healthcare increases, the question is often raised as to the value added by I2 as opposed to the commodity Internet alone. This session will openly explore the potential added value to telemedicine, e-health, and HIE of I2 vs. the commodity Internet.
Moderator Dale Alverson, MD University of New Mexico
Speaker Steven Wallace Internet2
Speaker Mark Carroll, MD Indian Health Services
Speaker Jonathan Linkous American Telemedicine Assocation