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MEDICAL PRESENTATION TO EXPLORE USES OF ISDN IN HEALTH CARE; USING TELECOM TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY, LOWER COSTS EMPHASIZED

 MEDICAL PRESENTATION TO EXPLORE USES OF ISDN IN HEALTH CARE;
 USING TELECOM TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY, LOWER COSTS EMPHASIZED
 BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The impact of Integrated Services Digital Network ("ISDN" (A)) on the delivery of health care will be explored in a Medical Presentation during TRIP '92 (TRanscontinental ISDN Project) in Reston, Va., which marks the inauguration of a standardized, nationwide ISDN telecommunications network. Speakers from a variety of health care disciplines will discuss their experiences in adding efficiency and reducing costs through the use of telecommunications, with emphasis on the additional benefits of national ISDN to the medical community.
 Keynote speaker for the Nov. 17 event, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is Dr. Robert Gold, chief radiologist at the Memphis Medical Center, who was an early proponent of teleradiology. With teleradiology, medical images -- from X-rays and CAT scans, for example -- are transmitted between locations over telephone lines, enabling doctors to view the images remotely and consult on diagnoses. Dr. Gold will discuss the growth of teleradiology and the tangible benefits to patients and hospitals alike of using telecommunications for image transmission.
 Telecommunications Can Reduce Costs
 A recent study on the impact of telecommunications on health care found that significant cost savings -- as much as $36 billion per year -- could be achieved by using telecommunications for remote medicine, hospital information systems and electronic insurance claims processing. Art Schiller of Arthur D. Little, Inc., the international consulting firm which conducted the study, will present the survey's findings.
 Demand for standardized telecommunications services for health care over a wide area is already strong. Case histories will detail the implementation of a worldwide teleradiology network by the U.S. Army and a network of rural hospitals covering five counties in western New York. ISDN promises to offer health care providers strong cost advantages, particularly when long distances are involved.
 A panel discussion -- including a panelist who will participate via video conference from an Ohio Bell/Siemens Stromberg-Carlson ISDN Open House in Cleveland -- will cover medical education, hospital and insurance administration, and medical equipment.
 "It's clear that the health care community has many immediate uses for ISDN that can not only improve certain aspects of health care delivery, but also have an impact on costs," said Ron Kandell, vice president of product line management for Siemens Stromberg-Carlson and a member of the ISDN Executive Council of the Corporation for Open Systems, which is coordinating TRIP '92. "By featuring experts from the medical community in the forum, we are helping bring the telecommunications and health care sectors closer together to find real solutions."
 Siemens Stromberg-Carlson provides telephone operating companies with advanced, high-quality public telecommunications networks. The company designs develops and manufactures central office digital switching systems, packet switching systems, broadband switching systems and transmission equipment. Based in Boca Raton, the company has manufacturing and other functional groups in Lake Mary, Fla., and Albuquerque, N.M. Siemens Stromberg-Carlson is the third-largest equipment supplier to the U.S. public telecommunications network.
 (A) -- ISDN allows the existing copper-wire telephone network to carry digital signals such as data and video, along with voice, at very high speeds.
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 /CONTACT: Roger Hall, 407-955-6706, or Alice Andors, 407-994-7433, both of Siemens Stomberg-Carlson/ CO: Siemens Stromberg-Carlson; TRIP '92 ST: Florida IN: TLS SU:


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