TELESYNERGY®

What is TELESYNERGY®?

  • TELESYNERGY® is the use of equipment and communication devices for long-distance collaboration between medical institutions
  • TELESYNERGY® can be used for any activity that relates to the education, prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of any patient’s condition in any medical field.
  • Developed by National Institutes of Health scientists and engineers to facilitate communications between cancer researchers around the world

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  • Allows synchronized viewing of high resolution images amongst collaborators.
  • Collaborators can view and manipulate images from scopes, X-rays, MRI, PET, CT and other medical imaging devices
  • TELESYNERGY® allows physicians and scientists across the state or across town to seek a second opinion with another expert. They can view the same material, while also seeing and speaking with each other, as if in the same room.
  • “Same Room” experience supports mentoring between trainees and mentors from different institutions, whether across continents or across cities

Benefits of TELESYNERGY®

  • Interoperability with a variety of environments
  • Can be integrated with existing systems and databases
  • Fully HIPAA compliant
  • Affordable and flexible
  • Minimum maintenance
  • Images viewable in multiple locations and on multiple devices

How TELESYNERGY is different from Skype, WebEx and other video-conferencing services

  • Today, we have multiple means of communicating, far more than we had ten or twenty years ago.
  • We can communicate by phone, app, even videoconferencing, using tools developed by numerous providers, such as Skype or WebEx.
  • However, viewing high-resolution images, like X-rays and MRI, are not possible with these services.
  • Other services put their emphasis on maintaining a quality audio connection at the expense of video
  • Most services display images which are low-resolution, preventing detailed viewing of X-ray images which require high-resolution in order to identify cancer lesions, estimate tumor size, etc.
  • TELESYNERGY® images are synchronized, allowing collaborators to see exactly the same images, whether on microscopes, X-ray view boxes, tablets or computer monitors.

TELESYNERGY® Use Cases

  • Expert or Second-Opinion Consultation
    • Physicians in rural or geographically-distant locations can consult in real-time with experts with knowledge of rare cancers or other less-well-known conditions
    • For example, review of patient’s blood and bone marrow slides and immunophenotyping results, confirmation of the diagnosis and a real- time discussion on the natural history of the condition and possible treatment options for patient
  • Other Uses
    • Tumor Review Boards
    • Mentor-Mentee Training & Distance Learning
    • Grand Rounds, Seminars & Continuing Medical Educational Programs
    • Patient Screening for Clinical Trials & Clinical Trials Implementation
    • Single-User Diagnostic Imaging Workstation

Future Development of TELESYNERGY®

  • Move to cloud connection with modular, off-the-shelf components
    • The network was initially designed to be independent of the Internet for both security of patient data and for speed and reliability of the video-conference audio, video, and data.
    • As network technology continues to improve, we expect TELESYNERGY® to make use of secure IP connections in the future.
  • Development of a Software Development Kit and Software Reference Manual
    • To allow medical centers across the world to assemble their own TELESYNERGY® systems.
    • Encourage manufacturers to provide drivers to connect their instruments to TELESYNERGY®.