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Medical School Makes Its Hospital Rounds On The Web

(July 16, 2001)
The University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine is using the e-StudioLive 7000 Webcasting production system to make its hospital rounds where physicians-to-be can learn from real-life cases wherever they are in residence across the state. The school's Video Engineering Group chose e-StudioLive for its capability for live interaction during distance learning between faculty members and hundreds of physicians and students around the state. The system also archives the live Webcasts so busy health care professionals and students can view them online anytime their schedules permit.

Each week, the Video Engineering Group uses the e-StudioLive 7000 to Webcast "grand rounds" sessions to physicians and residents. Hundreds of physicians, residents and students attend the live class while others tune in to the broadcast and Webcast at distant hospitals and clinics. Led by a member of the medical school faculty, grand rounds are mandatory lectures that focus on a weekly discipline, such as surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine or obstetrics, and present case studies for students, health care professionals and faculty to discuss.

Because of e-StudioLive's interactive capability, students and faculty can pose live questions during the session and receive answers. For those who can't be present because of surgery schedules or patient visits -- an increasing problem for busy health care professionals -- the e-StudioLive 7000 archives the session immediately so physicians can watch it later online at a desktop computer anywhere.

"The ability to watch a live session and access archived sessions from a server around the clock is important so students can work at their own pace when their schedule permits," said David Matney, director of the Video Engineering Group in the Office of Information Systems at the UNC School of Medicine. The medical school community sees the technology heading toward new programs, such as telemedicine, where a live, interactive Webcast can connect doctors and patients at distant or rural locations for diagnosis. "We increasingly see enrollment becoming equally balanced between on-site and off-site students," Matney said. "This technology will provide new educational opportunities and medical care unfettered by geography's limitations."

e-StudioLive, which has been in the live video production business as long as the University of North Carolina has, finds Webcasting's potential equally compelling. "We are delighted to help UNC implement live interactive Webcasting to connect people from remote and rural outposts," said e-StudioLive CEO Ken Swanton. "e-StudioLive systems provide unique interactive features to enable high-impact distance learning at a surprisingly affordable cost."

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