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Title: Ambulance 3G
Authors: Banitsas, KA
Perakis, K
Tachakra, S
Koutsouris, D
Konis, G
Keywords: Ambulance; 3G; wireless; telemedicine
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: IEEE
Citation: IEEE EMBC 2005 (27th Annual International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society), Shanghai, China, 2005. pp. 371 - 374
Abstract: Minimising the time required for a patient to receive primary care has always been the concern of the Accidents and Emergency units. Ambulances are usually the first to arrive on the scene and to administer first aid. However, as the time that it takes to transfer the patient to the hospital increases, so does the fatality rate. In this paper, a mobile teleconsultation system is presented, based primarily on third generation mobile links and on Wi-Fi hotspots around a city. This system can be installed inside an ambulance and will permit high-resolution videoconferencing between the moving vehicle and a doctor or a consultant within a base station (usually a hospital). In addition to video and voice, high quality still images and screenshots from medical equipment can also be sent. The test was carried out in Athens, Greece where a 3G system was recently deployed by Vodafone. The results show that the system can perform satisfactory in most conditions and can effectively increase the patient’s quality of service, while having a modest cost.
ISBN: 0-7803-8741-4
Appears in Collections:Electronic and Computer Engineering
Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering Research Papers

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