A. PROPOSED INTERNATIONAL TELE-HEALTH SYSTEM - AN AVENUE FOR APPLICATION OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

A. PROPOSED INTERNATIONAL TELE-HEALTH SYSTEM - AN AVENUE FOR APPLICATION OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING L.J. Pinson Auburn University/AI/U.S.A. Introdtrction The concept of health delivery by telecommunications satellite is not a new concept and it has been demonstrated to be feasible technlcally in numerous limited experiments Including the recent ATS-6 [Application Technology Satellite] experience [1] and current planned experiments for CTS (Communications technology satellite). A comparison of satellite and ground Communications costs [2J indicates that cohsiderable economic savings are to be expected by judiciously designing satellite links into an overall Communications System. The relative cost figures are more favorable when considering remote areas where extensive gound-based communication links do not already exist and when considering the expected improvements in satellite capability. For example a major cost for a communication System with many users is the ground Station cost. Sophisticated ground stations with l arge antenna required to detect Signals from early (low power-5 watt) satellite transponders cost typically in excess of a quarter million dollars. As a comparison, CTS with its high power-200 watt transponder allows the use of smaller and less expensive earth stations (typically 10-50 thousand dollars). [3] The potential market for satellite health, education and social Services is recognized by the United States government [4] and by potential users of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biomedizinische Technik / Biomedical Engineering de Gruyter

A. PROPOSED INTERNATIONAL TELE-HEALTH SYSTEM - AN AVENUE FOR APPLICATION OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

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de Gruyter
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Walter de Gruyter
ISSN
0013-5585
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1862-278X
DOI
10.1515/bmte.1976.21.s1.51
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L.J. Pinson Auburn University/AI/U.S.A. Introdtrction The concept of health delivery by telecommunications satellite is not a new concept and it has been demonstrated to be feasible technlcally in numerous limited experiments Including the recent ATS-6 [Application Technology Satellite] experience [1] and current planned experiments for CTS (Communications technology satellite). A comparison of satellite and ground Communications costs [2J indicates that cohsiderable economic savings are to be expected by judiciously designing satellite links into an overall Communications System. The relative cost figures are more favorable when considering remote areas where extensive gound-based communication links do not already exist and when considering the expected improvements in satellite capability. For example a major cost for a communication System with many users is the ground Station cost. Sophisticated ground stations with l arge antenna required to detect Signals from early (low power-5 watt) satellite transponders cost typically in excess of a quarter million dollars. As a comparison, CTS with its high power-200 watt transponder allows the use of smaller and less expensive earth stations (typically 10-50 thousand dollars). [3] The potential market for satellite health, education and social Services is recognized by the United States government [4] and by potential users of

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Biomedizinische Technik / Biomedical Engineeringde Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1976

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