Dale S Vincent, Benjamin W Berg, Suwicha Chitpatima and Donald Hudson
Journal of telemedicine and telecare, 2002
"The Thailand Hawaii Assessment of Interactive Healthcare Initiative (THAI-HI) is an international distance-education project between two teaching hospitals in Honolulu and Bangkok that uses videoconferencing over three ISDN lines. A 'morning report' format is used to discuss clinical cases primarily covering infectious disease and critical-care topics. An audience response system is used at both sites to add interactivity. From July 2001 to May 2002, 816 health-care providers attended 20 clinical conferences. Audiences rated the conferences as highly relevant and as having high training value. Since the ISDN connection is expensive, we plan to convert the telecommunications to a high-bandwidth Internet connection. The Honolulu site will use a 45 Mbit/s commercial connection to the Hawaii Intranetwork Consortium, which links to the Abilene Network on the US mainland. The Bangkok hospital will use a 155 Mbit/s wireless optical connection to UNINET Thailand, which has a 45 Mbit/s circuit to Abilene."