Touching patients with technology

Safe and secure premises predicate healing

Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Telehealth delivery could be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone, or as sophisticated as using videoconferencing between providers at facilities in two countries, or even as complex as robotic technology. Real-time telehealth is a telecommunications link allowing instantaneous interaction. Video-conferencing equipment is one of the most common forms of synchronous telemedicine. - US Department of Veteran Affairs


In a fully equipped operating theatre at the German Heart Institute in Berlin, trainee surgeons, anesthetists and cardio technicians practice open heart surgery on a sophisticated dummy. A Geutebruck hybrid recorder stores video, audio and theatre equipment data, while streaming it in real-time to the trainer in the control room and to fellow students in a lecture theatre. With a special medical torso (pictured), complete with beating heart and simulated responses to different drug treatments and interventions, theatre teams practice new procedures and learn how to cope with the unexpected without endangering real patients. A GSD-671 high resolution indoor dome camera focuses on the operation site, while a megapixel camera provides pictures of the surrounding activity. Photo courtesy Geutebruck.