Telemedicine: Steps into the Future

  • M. Zimpfer
Conference paper


In a world which is daily confronted with recognition of the complexity of natural and technological processes, innovation rarely happens in an isolated setting. In fact, cooperation and communication have become the pillars of innovation, and scientists connect with one another in an increasing variety of ways. Of course, there are the regular meetings of the specialty with the numerous reports from studies carried out at individual institutions. Our department, for one, has experienced a remarkable increase since the early’90s in the number of papers presented at these meetings (Fig. 1). Worldwide, in every medical discipline, fellowships foster the exchange of new ideas and new directions in research. So, in our department, too, we have made a point of sending promising staff members abroad (see Fig. 2 for destinations in the United States) to absorb the latest currents of thought, techniques and approaches. However, although it is unlikely that regular professional specialty meetings and personal contact can ever be fully replaced by other modes of communication, the time pressures on physicians are growing to such an extent that more and more opt to attend fewer and fewer meetings. And where is the physician who can attend the meeting of another specialty?


Outlying Area Late Current Telemedical System Telemedical Application Vienna General Hospital 
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© Springer-Verlag Italia 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Zimpfer
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  1. 1.Dept. of Anaesthesiology and General Intensive CareUniversity of Vienna, General HospitalViennaAustria

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