The VideoCom project aims at incorporating a novel tactile and icon-based User Interface, Smart Card identification and authentication technologies, and multimedia object transfer in a commercially available videoconference platform in order to construct an innovative and easy to access PC-based video communication workplace for medical staff. The videoconference platform uses the H.320 ITU international standard, for the multimedia communication (i.e. video, audio, text, etc.).
An icon-based User Interface (called Access Pad) will be developed with the aim of ensuring comfortable control of peripheral devices and multimedia object transfer, and also the adjustment of the teleconference parameters (e.g. level of sound, focus of attention of the cameras, display of microscope images, video recorder, etc.). It will also integrate the identification and authentication of the team of doctors participating to a teleconference session, in order to restrict the access to patient data to the authorised medical staff. Object transfer will enable teamwork on a set of digital objects (like the electronic patient record, results of the laboratory analyses, CT-images, the joint discussion of detected cancerous cells in microscope images, or X-rays images).
The duration of this trials project is 18 months, and the consortium is constituted of the following four partners: NTS (provider of the videoconference and multimedia object transfer technologies), TUZ Cancer Society in Saxony (user of VideoCom in 10 hospitals), Expertise Information Systems (technology provider in Human-Computer Interaction and innovative information navigation practices), and Joint Research Centre (provider of the innovative sensor and data fusion technologies for the Access Pad).
Funding SchemeACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures