<<March 10, 2000>>

Salah H. Mandil, Ph.D. <mandils@who.int>

Dena S. Puskin, Sc.D. <dpuskin@hrsa.gov>

Kimberly K. Obbink <kobbink@montana.edu>

Ms. Mickelle Rodgers <mrodgers@nas.edu>

Jerry Sheehan <JSheehan@nas.edu>

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton <ecjpelton@aol.com>

Shin Takuma, M.D. <st245@columbia.edu>

Dear Salah:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

YES, you are right!! The atmosphere during Q&A at the press release mtg
of the report "Networking Health: Prescriptions for the Internet" at the
National Academy of Sciences on 2/23rd was as you correctly presumed in
your last sentence. Frankly speaking, I was rather disappointed with it
-- is the medical profession based on humanitarian or profit motives?

This was in sharp contrast with your International Consultation
Conference on TeleHealth and TeleMedicine at WHO last
January -- this report did not even distinguish the difference
between the telehealth and telemedicine, which I pointed out during
the Q&A session to the panelists.

(2) On the other hand, when I visited Dena on 3/3rd, she welcomed our
approach of the Native American community project -- I met her at your
WHO conference.

This is because our approach of deploying broadband Internet is not only
for tele-health/tele-medicine and tele-learning but also for non-profit
organizations (e.g., libraries, non-governmental organizations, local
government agencies, etc.) -- in a sense, a community development
approach. Dena was pleased to find that this matches with her "TELE-VILLAGE" concept.

Kim is now arranging our next mtg with Dena during the week of 3/20 to 23rd.

(3) During the Q&A, I also made a few comments;

(a) Internet is based on telecommunication. Once you use the word
"telecommunications," you are bound to think globally -- as Joe
Pelton once told me many years ago.

(b) Tele-learning and tele-health/tele-medicine have to be two wheels
of a cart, in order to have economic sustainability.

(c) Multimedia will be an inevitable necessity in both fields, thus the
need for the deployment of global broadband Internet.

(d) This requires huge investment, thus the need for our Global Service
Trust Fund (GSTF) approach.

(4) The panelists duly noted my comments -- Ed Shortliffe did not know about our
echocardiograph telemedicine demonstration between Tampere, Finland and
his Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University in New York last August
-- because he just moved from Stanford University.

Dear Electronic Colleagues:

(5) Ms. Rodgers and Mr. Sheehan informed me that copies of the
prepublication version of the report are now dwindling so that they
prefer you to retrieve it at <http://books.nap.edu/catalog/9750.html>.

Best, Tak

From: mandils@who.ch
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 10:34:25 +0100
To: <utsumi@friends-partners.org>
Subject: Re:Broadband Internet for telemedicine

Dear Tak,

Thank you for drawing my attention to the report. I have e-requested a copy.

I know Ted Shortliffe and I do agree with his committee's recommendation of
the importance of taking the technical demands of the medical uses of the
Internet, into much much greater consideration in the ongoing developments of
the Internet. It appears that, so far, this has not taken place. The medical
uses of the Internet simply tap, or draw on, the features resulting from the
non-medical (predominantly e-commerce) uses.


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Salah H. Mandil, Ph.D.
Health Informatics & Telematics
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Director, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
Deputy Director, US Public Health Service
Office of Rural Health Policy, Room 11A55
Health Resources and Services Adiministration
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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Burns Telecommunications Center and Extended Studies
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National Academy of Sciences
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George Washington University
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