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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Broadband: A life-saving technology

Broadband: A life-saving technology - News - ZDNet: "In a small military hospital in Guam, a cardiac patient lay unconscious as a catheter was slid carefully into the right chamber of his heart.
The surgery was fairly routine, save for one notable absence: The physician in charge wasn't in the operating room during the procedure. In fact, he wasn't even on the island.
Dr. Benjamin Berg supervised the entire surgery while in front of a computer screen 3,500 miles away at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. He dictated the procedure to the less-experienced colleague who performed the operation, monitoring every move with a high-resolution video camera while getting instant sensor data from the catheter itself."


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