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Posted by Creativity Cafe FWD: Tak Utsumi on January 17, 1999 at 16:11:47:

Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 14:22:09 -0500 (EST)
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From: Tak Utsumi
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Ronald C. Merrell, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Lev Mukhin, Ph.D.

Raymond P. Whitten

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D.

Dr. Sreedhar Nair

Shunichi Homma, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Shin Takuma, M.D.

Mendoza Lynette

Charles French

Ricardo Cabrera

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor

(1) Dear Dr. Merrell, Dr. Mukhin, and Mr. Whitten:

Dr. Rodrigues kindly provided me with your address when I visited him on

He indicated his strong interest in our idea of establishing a broadband
(45 Mbps) digital satellite network among North, Central, South Americas
and the Caribbean.

This will be the emulation of the Medical Information Network by
Communication Satellite for University Satellite (MINCS-UH). This
now connects more than two dozen university hospitals around Japan
with two-way, broadband (45 Mbps) digital satellite channels for
medical diagnosis with HDTV.

Pls see its brief description at
-- for slide show.

Though the MINCS-UH is very useful for diagnostic quality image
transfer, it does not have TCP/IP Internet capability. We are to seek
technical expertise who can combine Internet to this MINCS-UH type
network so that it will also act as backbone trunk-line of the broadband
Internet across national boundaries.

(2) The establishment of this network is to be financed with the Global
Service Trust Fund (GSTF).

Pls see its brief description at

(3) Our international workshop/conference on Emerging Global Electronic
Distance Education" at the University of Tampere in Finland next summer
with the fund from the World Bank and Soros Foundation, etc., is to
brainstorm how to proceed this project.

Pls see its brief description at

(4) As a pilot project of this idea, we are now exploring to work on it with
SIVAM (a joint project of Brazilian and the US government with $6
Billion funds).

Pls see its brief description (albeit Portuguese) at

(5) In a separate mail, I am sending you the followings for your reference;

(a) Videotape #1:

This contains;

1. MINCS-UH in English and Japanese

2. SIVAM Project

(b) Videotape #2:

This contains our Global Lecture Hall (GLH)" videoconference from
Manaus, Brazil held on 10/21/98, which includes NetMeeting
videoconference via Internet from Houston Community College,
Presentations by Ukrainians with RealEncoder, etc.

(6) Dear Dr. Merrell:

The fund pledged by Soros Foundation is for telemedicine activities
during our Tampere event, e.g., to cover travel expenses of our
colleagues from Lviv Medical School and others in Ukraine and of some
delegates commended by the World Health Organization (WHO). It will
also finance following demonstrations;

(a) Telepresence with echocardiography by the people of the
Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University in New York;

The echocardiograph signal of a volunteer patient on a tread mill
in Tampere is to be sent (with the use of TeleMedix 300
cardiography machine made by Global Telemedix) to Presbyterian via
ISDN and PictureTel. It will go through a videoconferencing
bridge so that participants around the world with similar ISDN and
videoconferencing unit can view the event. If possible, the 3D
image of the patient's heart will also be constructed and
disseminated to the participants with the use of the software
developed by EchoTech. Those images may also be distributed
through Internet with the use of web broadcasting technology.

(b) Demo on the use of web for telemedicine by Norwalk Hospital/Yale
Univ. School of Medicine

Dr. Merrell:
I once noticed on a TV program that your school developed a virtual
reality model of a human heart which can realistically respond to a

I would like to cordially invite you to demonstrate it with Norwalk
people during our Tampere event.

(7) I am leaving for Tampere on 1/18th to discuss our plan of the event with
our Finnish colleagues, visit UNESCO/Headquarters in Paris on 22nd, ITU,
ILO, WHO in Geneva on 25th and 26th, and Towards Education for All with
Multimedia (TEAM) in London on 27th, and be back NYC on 28th.

Dr. Mukhin, and Mr. Whitten:
In the first two weeks, I plan to make a trip to Washington, D.C. I
would be very happy to visit you to describe our project with Dr.
Rodrigues, if necessary.

Best, Tak
Distribution List

Ronald C. Merrell, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Lampman Professor of Surgery and Chairman
Department of Surgery
Yale University School of Medicine
330 Cedar Street, FMB 102
New Heaven, CT 06510
P. O. Box 208062
New Heaven, CT 06520-8062
Fax: 203-737-2116

Lev Mukhin, Ph.D.
Visiting Senior Research Scientist
Department of Physics
East-West Space Science Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Fax: 301-405-9966

Raymond P. Whitten
Acting Director
Space Development & Commercial Research Division
NASA Headquarters
Code UX
Washington, D.C. 20546
Fax: 202-358-2886

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. Sreedhar Nair
Head, Hinds Research Center
Beulah Hinds Center for Lung Studies and Health Informatics,
World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Health Informatics
Norwalk Hospital/Yale Univ. School of Medicine
Norwalk,CT 06856 USA
Fax: 203-854-9191

Shunichi Homma, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Chair for Scholarship Committee
Japanese Medical Society of America
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Echocardiography Laboratories
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, #883 (8th Flr)
Columbia University
620 West 168th Street
New York, NY
212-305-9875 (laboratories)
laboratory facility is on the 9th floor (212-305-9875)

Shin Takuma, M.D.

Cardiology Division
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Department of Medicine
College of Physicians & Surgeons
Columbia University
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032-3784
Fax: 212-305-9049

Mendoza Lynette
research assistant
Cardiology Division
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Department of Medicine
College of Physicians & Surgeons
Columbia University
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032-3784
Fax: 212-305-9049

Charles French
Vice President
Global Telemedix, Inc.

Ricardo Cabrera
Director, Sales & Marketing/Americas
3D Imaging Systems
705 Sedge Way
Lafayette, CO 80026
Fax: 303-664-9345

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor
Chairman, GLOSAS/Finland
Professor and Chair
Media Culture and Communication Education
Hypermedia laboratory
Chairman, Scientific Council
Information Society Research Center
University of Tampere
P.O.Box 607
FIN-33101 Tampere
tel: +358-3-215 6111
Direct (24 hour availability) mobile phone:
GSM +358-50-567-9833
fax: +358-3-215 7503
http://www.uta.fi/~titava -- Tapio's page with photo
* 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) *
* Email: utsumi@columbia.edu; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
* http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/GLOSAS/ *

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