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U-M, World Health Organization host telemedicine symposium

Internet and videoconferencing equipment connect doctors and patients through virtual space for clinical care and education

ANN ARBOR, MI - There are health leaders, information technologists and policy makers who believe information technology provides appropriate tools for the remote practice of medical care and clinical decision support. The University of Michigan Health System and the World Health Organization are co-sponsoring a scientific symposium, "State-of-the-Art Telemedicine/Telehealth: An International Perspective" in late August, in order to set the direction for the orderly deployment of telemedicine on a local, regional, national and international scale.

The symposium, to be held August 23-25, 2001 in Ann Arbor, Mich., will bring together national and international scholars and leaders in telemedicine/telehealth science, technology and clinical practice, as well as health policy and regulation. Presentations, panels and directed workshops will identify issues and propose strategies fundamental to the progress of telemedicine/telehealth, both nationally and internationally.

"The University of Michigan Health System is pleased to co-sponsor the symposium. Together, the scholars and leaders will propose a global research agenda and action plan that will set the strategic direction for telemedicine and telehealth for the next five to ten years. It is fitting to hold this world symposium in Ann Arbor, since the very
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Contact: Mary Beth Reilly
reillymb@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
3-Aug-2001


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