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Video medical interpretation over 3G cellular networks: a feasibility study.

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Locatis CN, Williamson D, Sterrett J, Detzler I, Ackerman MJ
Telemed J E Health. 2011 Dec;17(10):809-13. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0084. Epub 2011 Oct 19.
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE

To test the feasibility of using cell phone technology to provide video medical interpretation services at a distance.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Alternative cell phone services were researched and videoconferencing technologies were tried out to identify video products and telecommunication services needed to meet video medical interpretation requirements. The video and telecommunication technologies were tried out in a pharmacy setting and compared with use of the telephone.

RESULTS

Outcomes were similar to findings in previous research involving video medical interpretation with higher bandwidth and video quality. Patients appreciated the interpretation service no matter how it is provided, while health providers and interpreters preferred video.

CONCLUSION

It is possible to provide video medical interpretation services via cellular communication using lower bandwidth videoconferencing technology that provides sufficient quality, at least in pharmacy settings. However, a number of issues need to be addressed to ensure quality of service.

Locatis CN, Williamson D, Sterrett J, Detzler I, Ackerman MJ. Video medical interpretation over 3G cellular networks: a feasibility study. Telemed J E Health. 2011 Dec;17(10):809-13. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2011.0084. Epub 2011 Oct 19.