VA, DOD test telemedicine net

All sites will install video coder/decoders from Compression Labs Inc. of Carlsbad,
Calif. 

Compression Labs' Rembrandt II/VP videoconferencing coder can send and receive video,
audio and data at speeds from 56 kilobits/sec to 2.05 megabits/sec. 

The Seahawk videoconferencing equipment must deliver near-broadcast-quality, 30-frame/sec
video. 

"The quality of the video has to be good, because you are making or confirming a
diagnosis on the basis of it," said Joe Seaberry, director of technical services for
Pulsar. 

Smaller Seahawk medical centers and clinics will start with one telemedicine station each.
Madigan, which has more specialists and acts as a resource for the other facilities, will
have as many as six stations at the outset, Rang said.


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