Telemedicine is about moving medical information over wide distances, but maybe more importantly it is about moving knowledge to where it is mostly needed. Typically the data is moved using radio technology, mobile phones, wireless network, Internet or similar. The big challenge is to do this in a reliable and efficient manner, optimizing response time, guaranteeing functionality, and utilizing the typically limited bandwidth in the best possible way.
An excellent example of such a scenario is our amPHI project where an ambulance is kept in continuous connection with the emergency ward at the hospital by means of radio and mobile phone. Giving the ambulance staff access to the most recent patient information already at the accident site, they can also get instructions from a physician at the hospital through this system and the physician and ward staff can continuously see the current state of the patient and the treatment and medication given so far. So when the ambulance arrives at the hospital the right resources has been reserved and all important medical information is already available in the Hospital Information System.
Similar technologies are applied to projects in other clinical areas like the HomeCare project Stay@Home.