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Posted by CCAFE FWDL Affordable and Accessible Distance Education on May 18, 1999 at 06:40:30:


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Date: Mon, 17 May 1999
From: Tak Utsumi
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Telemedicine demo and trip schedules


Dr. Michael McDonald

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D.

Dr. Ronald E. LaPorte

Sherrilynne Fuller, Ph.D.

John P. Miller, Ph.D.

Harry W. McConnell, MD, FRCPC

Ninfa Saturnino Springer, PhD, RD, FADA

Dr. Arturo Pesigan

Ben I. Haraguchi

G. Robert (Bob) Converse

Mr. Robert Gordon

Russell K. Thirkell

Renee Ebert, MPH

Prof. and Mrs. Edward C. DeLand

John McLeod (John H. McLeod, Jr.)

(1) Dear Dr. Fuller:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

I took the liberty of admitting you in our listserve so that you will be
kept updated with our daily progress.

You may be interested in our international workshop/conference on
Emerging Global Electronic Distance Learning" at the University of
Tampere in Finland on August 9 to 13, 1999 .
This is for telelearning and telemedicine. I am sending you its flyer
in my following msg for your reference.

(2) Dear Mike McDonald and Robert Rodrigues:

Pls add Dr. Fuller in your mailing list so that she will receive any
info about your Global Summit conference.

(3) Dear Ronald LaPorte:

Pls do the same for your list, if she has not been in your list yet.
She may be interested in your activities.

(4) Dear Harry:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II).

Yes, you can join in our videoconference during our Tampere event --
with PictureTel via ISDN at 384 Kbps. I will inform you about this in
the near future -- probably after I came back from our trip to Hawaii,
Tokyo and Manila next weeks.

It would be my great honor to accept your invitation to be listed as one
of the advisory board members of your TEAM.

As mentioned in my previous list distribution, if our colleagues at the
University of Milan, Italy, accept our propositions of demo and sessions
for our Europe/Africa operation during their conference next April (as a
follow-up of our Tampere event), we would like to have your cooperation
-- particularly with your vast contacts in Africa and the Middle East.

(5) Dear Ninfa:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT III).

Yes, I am sure that your VTEL can be hooked with a bridge at Hewlett
-Packard -- about which I will inform you later.

BTW, thanks to your previous email exchanges, Ben Haraguchi and I plan
to visit your colleagues at the University of Philippines/Open
University on 5/31st and 6/1st -- as informed in my last list

Many thanks also for your forwarding our msg to Dr. Arturo Pesigan

Dear Dr. Arturo Pesigan:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT IV), as accepting our visit.

(6) Dear Ben:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT V).

(7) Dear Bob Converse in Maui:

Pls note our arrival time in Maui in ATTACHMENT V.

(8) Dear Russell K. Thirkell:

Ben and I are not familiar with Manila, so that we would greatly
appreciate it if you can come to Manila airport on 5/30th. We may then
be able to discuss the itineraries of our mtgs in Manila.

We would also be appreciative if you and your IIE/Manila people can join
in our mtg with UPOU.

Dear Dr. Arturo Pesigan:

We would like to spend as much time as possible with you and your people
at UPOU on 5/31st, as;

(a) describing our project and Tampere event,

(b) listening your side of activities, facilities, and how we can be
of any help to you, etc.

(9) Dear Renee:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT VI).

Very glad to hear of your outstanding progress!!

We would be very delighted if you can kindly attend our Tampere event so
that you can be sure to work on our Pacific/Asia operation of
establishing a global broadband Internet for telelearning and
telemedicine from the beginning.

Should you wish to join in this effort so that your school may have
opportunity to export/exchange your courses with our overseas
counterparts, pls send (*) me any information by 5/21st -- this will be
a strong ammunition for our presentation during the mtg with our
Japanese colleagues on 5/28th in Tokyo.

(*) Better yet, if you can come to LA airport to meet me and Ben
(see ATTACHMENT V) at the United Airline domestic ticket counter --
when I went to Maui last February, we could not meet you there.

Dear Ed Deland:
Can you kindly come to the LA airport, too?

Pls let me know by 5/21st. Thanks.

(10) Dear John McLeod:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT VII).

I have recently visited NASA in Washington, D.C. They said that our
planned global broadband Internet may be the forerunner of the so-called
Next Generation Internet. I will keep my contact with them in the near

Their work and ours, as you said, can be considered a simultaneous and
complementary effort to reach the same goals.

Best, Tak

From: "Sherrilynne Fuller"
Cc: "Ann Kimball"
Subject: RE: [Fwd: Report on the Planning Meeting for Meeting - Evidence,
Knowledge & IT (fwd)]
Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 15:40:08 -0700

Dr. Utsumi -

I am very interested in supporting international efforts to apply
information technology to solving health problems and would be happy to help
in any way I can with this meeting. I am currently involved with our
School of Public Health (Ann Kimball, PI) on a Fogarty proposal working with
two Universities in Peru on informatics training for public health
researchers. In addition I lead a regional telemedicine project in the
Pacific Northwest and have been involved in a series of outreach project to
support access to health information for underserved populations.

Thanks for letting me know about this meeting.

Sherri Fuller


Sherrilynne Fuller, Ph.D.

Head, Division of Biomedical Informatics
Acting Director, Informatics
School of Medicine 35-6340
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
206-616-5808 Fax:206-221-3911

-----Original Message-----
From: Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D. [mailto:utsumi@columbia.edu]
Sent: Thursday, April 29, 1999 6:08 PM
To: John Miller
Subject: [Fwd: Report on the Planning Meeting for Meeting - Evidence,
Knowledge & IT (fwd)]

Dear John:

(1) I am taking the liberty of forwarding a material on the Global
Summit conference on healthcare to be held at the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) this coming December.

(2) This may be of some interest to Prof. Fuller. Pls feel free to
forward this to her.

Best, Tak

Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 02:33:09 -0400 (EDT)
From: Harry McConnell
Subject: Videoconferencing during Tampere event

Dear Tak,

Hope you are doing well. It certainly appears that your projects are
pushing forward!
Do you see any way that we could have a London audience for
videoconferencing the Tampere event?



p.s. We are currently puting together our advisory board for TEAM; Would
you be interested in being a member?

Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 02:12:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Ninfa S. Springer"
Subject: Tampere conference

Dear Tak,

A group at the U of Michigan Medical School Information Technology unit and
myself are interested in viewing the vdeoconference at Tampere, Finland.
They have VTEL equipment, ISDN and can accomodate a 384 kbps call".

Could this be arranged? Thanks.


Ninfa Saturnino Springer, PhD, RD, FADA
Associate Professor Emerita
School of Nursing, University of Michigan

Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 11:16:39 -0400
From: "Ben I. Haraguchi"
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Cc: rgordon@iie.org
Subject: Fwd: Visit to the Philippines

Attached is a message I just received from Art Pesegian of UPOU welcoming our
visit to the Philippines. We now need to set up specific times and places for
meetings in Manila. Best Regards: Ben

Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 13:52:48 -0400
From: "Mozcom E-Mail"
To: HaragucB@arentfox.com
Subject: Visit to the Philippines

Dear Dr Haraguchi,

I just received a note from Dr Springer and she sent me a copy of your note
indicating the possible visit to the Philippines. You are most welcome to be
our guest in the UP Open University. We would be very glad to discuss about
the project. Please inform us about your proposed schedule so that we can
make arrangements here for visits and meetings with related agencies.

Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.


Faculty of Health Sciences
UP Open University

Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 12:04:17 -0400
From: "Ben I. Haraguchi"
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: Trip to Mauii, Tokyo, Manila

I have made the following travel and accomodation arrangements:

May 23, 1999

Lv JFK UAL 19 for LA at 11:30 AM Arriv LA at 2:18PM
LV LA UAL 39 for Kahuli Maui at 3:50PM Arriv Maui at 6:24PM

May 25, 1999

Lv Maui Hawaiian AL 261 at 8:05AM Arriv. Honolulu at 8:40AM

Car: Hertz Rent a Car
Hotel: Doubletree Hotel, Waikiki

May 26, 1999

Lv Honolulu UAL 827 9:45AM Arriv. Narita May 27 at 12:55PM

Akasaka Tokyu Hotel 3 nites

May 30, 1999

Lv Narita JAL 741 at 9:55AM Arriv. Manial at 1:10 PM

Manadarin Oriental Manila 3 nites

June 2, 1999

Tak Utsumi: Lv. Manila JAL 742 at 2:30PM Arriv. Narita 7:40PM

Tak we have booked a UAL 800 flight back to JFK on June 5, 1999 (but you
can change it to any date). By setting a flight date home, the ticket
is cheaper.

Ben Haraguchi: Lv. Manila NW 28 at 8:35AM Arriv. Narita 1:50PM.
Lv. Narita 3:55PM Arriv. JFK 3:40PM


From: Sathealth@aol.com
Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 10:31:42 EDT
Subject: Re: Distance Learning - Telehealth

Dear Tak:

Thank you for keeping me updated on the meetings for global learning using
satellite technology. I have been especially interested in any mention you
make with respect to medical and health applications and wanted to share some
developments with you.

Recently I attended a SSPI meeting here in Los Angeles where Hughes Space &
Communications gave a presentation of their efforts in a telemedicine format.
I consulted with Hughes a few years ago to analyze the market for health
distance education.

They and other satellite companies have shown an interest in the UCLA public
health education/distance learning to developing countries project. As a
result of this latest meeting, several companies, both foreign and domestic
would like to help us attain our goal.

As you may recall, we have a pledge from the WHO to support and sponsor
certain key developing countries for assistance in receiving our program of
lectures from UCLA.

Another new development has added to our plans to move forward: The Southern
California Public Health Association has asked that I chair the Committee on
Education. I will assist with an event in the fall when the president of
WHO comes to Southern California. We are planning a satellite link of the
two hour meeting that will carry 1 Credit Hour of CEUs, and anticipate the
interest of many colleges, universities and Depts of Health with satellite
capability to receive the program.

I mention all of this because we (SCPHA) would like to find new ways to bring
this vital "marriage" of technology and health education to the global
audience. Is there a place on your meetings agenda that will address this
world health issue?


Renee Ebert, MPH
UCLA School of Public Health
Distance Learning Project

Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 17:00:42 -0700
From: John McLeod
Subject: Telemedicine - by any name.

Tak, I suppose you are aware of NASA's operations in a field which you are
pioneering. But I am forwarding the following publicity release to you
anyway, just in case.

But following your accomplishments, funded in part by your family fortune,
and your dedication over the years, compared to the NASA effort funded by
taxpayers, raises a question in my mind: Can the NASA project be viewed as
using government money to compete with you as a private entrepreneur, or
can it be considered a simultaneous and complementary effort to reach the
same goals?

The answer, I suppose, lies in the extent to which the results of the NASA
work, which should certainly be in the public domain, can be useful to you,
and the ease with which you can obtain it.

If/when you have time, I will appreciate your comments on this.

Cordially, John

From: John McLeod
>>Date: Mon, 3 May 1999 12:00:12 -0400 (EDT)
>>From: NASANews@hq.nasa.gov
>>Sender: owner-press-release@lists.hq.nasa.gov
>>To: undisclosed-recipients:;
>>Renee Juhans
>>Headquarters, Washington, DC May 3, 1999
>>(Phone: 202/358-1712)
>>John Bluck
>>Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
>>(Phone: 650/604-5026)
>>Kathleen A. Zona/Lori J. Rachul
>>Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
>>(Phone: 216/433-2901)
>>RELEASE: 99-55
>> Doctors at five distant sites in the United States will
>>demonstrate how to use NASA telemedicine to diagnose patients,
>>practice operations and train, using 3-D medical images carried by
>>a high-capacity computer network.
>> The NASA telemedicine system, to be demonstrated Tuesday at
>>NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, has potential for
>>improving health care at the far corners of the Earth by linking
>>remote sites with the best medical minds and facilities.
>> During the demonstration, physicians will use 3-D, scanned
>>images of patients' hearts, skulls and other body parts. On
>>computer screens, doctors at the five sites will see every
>>procedure in stereo 3-D as each physician manipulates images of
>>the virtual patient. The specialists will use high-fidelity,
>>NASA-developed 3-D imaging software to analyze and discuss
>> "We're looking at methods to bring the clinic to the patient,
>>rather than the patient to the clinic," said Dr. Muriel Ross,
>>leader of NASA's effort at Ames to develop care of patients from a
>>distance. "We're supporting remote collaborations of doctors at
>>different locations on Earth. This will prepare us to use the
>>technology for spacecraft crews traveling to the International
>>Space Station, Mars or other planets, where specialists may not be
>> The "Virtual Collaborative Clinic" will link physicians from
>>the Cleveland Clinic, participating at the NASA Glenn Research
>>Center, Cleveland, OH; Stanford University Medical Center,
>>Stanford, CA; Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Salinas, CA,
>>interacting from the University of California, Santa Cruz; the
>>Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, NM; and Ames. The
>>concept and software are under development at Ames' Center for
>> "Cleveland Clinic will discuss a patient treated for an
>>enlarged heart chamber," said Ross. "If you cut a piece out and
>>make the chamber smaller, you improve the way the heart works.
>>During the demonstration, you'll be able to see the before and
>>after conditions in 3-D."
>> The Cleveland Clinic, Salinas Hospital and the Northern
>>Navajo Medical Center will present heart work. Salinas will show
>>an infant's defective heart beating. Stanford physician Dr.
>>Michael Stephanides will simulate facial reconstructive surgery
>>from Ames.
>> "This demonstration is being done to support remote
>>collaborations -- to plan surgeries and to make diagnoses, and
>>eventually even to operate from a remote site," Ross said.
>>"Specialists could guide a general practitioner, or you could
>>guide a robot operator on a spacecraft from a great distance."
>> The NASA Bioinformatics team plans to promote the development
>>of systems for scanning patients onboard spacecraft with sonic
>>machines. Specialists collaborating from different places on
>>Earth could plan a medical procedure, then send it to an astronaut
>>physician to perform.
>> "You could try the operation in virtual reality a number of
>>times, storing the procedure in computer memory, and then you
>>could use the approach that's best during the actual operation,"
>>Ross said.
>> "We have also talked about projecting a computer image onto
>>the patient," Ross said. "Projected images could guide doctors
>>during operations."
>> More information about the Center for Bioinformatics is on
>>the Internet at:
>> http://biocomp.arc.nasa.gov/home.html
>> -end-
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Dr. Michael McDonald
Global Health Initiatives, Inc. (GHI)
10604 Crossing Creek
Potomac, MD 20854

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D.
Program Coordinator
Health Services Information System Program
Division of Health Systems and Services Development
Pan American Health Organization
Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-Third Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
Fax: 202-974-3614
NetMeeting Server: ils.paho.org

Dr. Ronald E. LaPorte
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
For the Global Health Network
Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center,
Disease Monitoring and Telecommunication
WHO Collaborating Center
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
5100 Rangos Research Center
3460 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Fax: 412-692-8329

Sherrilynne Fuller, Ph.D.
Head, Division of Biomedical Informatics
Acting Director, Informatics
School of Medicine 35-6340
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

John P. Miller, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Computational Biology
Professor of Biology
30 AJM Johnson Hall
P. O. Box 173505
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3505
Fax: 406-994-5122

Harry W. McConnell, MD, FRCPC
Towards Education for All with Multimedia (TEAM)
King's College
42A Denmark Hill
London, SE5 8RZ
Mobil: +44-(0)-411-515-828
Fax: +44-(0)-7070-604-225

Ninfa Saturnino Springer, PhD, RD, FADA
Associate Professor Emerita
School of Nursing
University of Michigan

Dr. Arturo Pesigan
School for Distance Education
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Philippines/Open University
Manila, Philippines

Ben I. Haraguchi
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn
1675 Broadway, 25th Flr.
New York, NY 10019-5820
Fax: 212-484-3990

G. Robert (Bob) Converse
Maui Community College
310 Ka`ahumanu Avenue
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 984-3447
The Learning Center (808) 984-3240,3241
FAX (808) 244-0862

Mr. Robert Gordon
Vice President
Development Training and Assistance
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005-2403
Fax: 202-326-7709

Russell K. Thirkell

Renee Ebert, MPH
International Distance Learning
School of Public Health
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Prof. and Mrs. Edward C. DeLand
DeLand Associates
254 Redlands St
Playa Del Rey, Ca 90293

John McLeod (John H. McLeod, Jr.)
Society for Computer Simulation
8484 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, CA
(619) 454-0966
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President, Global University in the U.S.A. (GU/USA) *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A. *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
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