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September 10, 2012

Collaboration: Physical-Virtual. And Potent.

Posted by Arindam Banerji (View Profile | View All Posts) at 6:45 AM

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Online collaboration, for all of us, is familiar terrain. Blogs, wikis, social media, collaboration applications on forums like Facebook, and social-CRMs are an integral part of our everyday life. But, collaboration can have a very different dimension - Virtual physical collaboration. This is actually a concept that preceded the invention of the World Wide Web and has, in fact, been commonly leveraged in the arena of healthcare - specifically facilitating telehealthcare and telemedicine. For instance, teletransmission of ECGs was popular with doctors as early as 1975. This system was also used to remote-monitor pacemakers fitted out for patients residing in inaccessible parts of India. It helped  doctors remotely interpret arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and reach medical aid. Today, telehealth has advanced to a point where remote testing of patients, physicians' consultations and even remote robotic surgery are all possible. 

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