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"Collaborative platform for exchange of medical knowledge, distance consultations, group discussions and distance teaching in medicine."

keywords clinical domains
Open Source, telemedicine platform, telemedicine server, telepathology server, remote consultation, information exchange Multiple. Telemedicine; pathology, telepathology
developed by Department of Pathology, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland; iPath association.
released iPath Open Source web-based platform released in 2001
status In use and under continued development. Current software can be downloaded from SourceForge.
download  bullet  iPath on SourceForge (download Internet Pathology Suite)

iPath is an open source software project with the aim of developing a multi-purpose communication platfrom for telemedicine, distance teaching and medical knowledge management.

In use: The platform forms the basis of the Solomon Islands Telemedicine Network - "a joint project of the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, South Pacific Medical Projects [and] the University of Basel". iPath is also being used in the RAFT (French African Telemedicine Network) project linking countries in French-speaking Africa, and as part of the telepathology project at Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


Brauchli K, Oberholzer M. The iPath telemedicine platform. J Telemed Telecare. 2005;11 Suppl 2:S3-7.

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"An early, point-to-point telepathology system at the University of Basel developed into an open-source, Internet-based platform for telemedicine in 2001. The Internet Pathology Suite (iPath) is a Web-based telepathology platform that permits the online presentation and discussion of cases within user groups. It also allows realtime telemicroscopy across firewalls. After four years, the telepathology network has over 700 active users. More than 6,300 cases with a total of about 39,000 images have been diagnosed. The diagnostic workload of all these cases is not exclusively handled by the Department of Pathology in Basel, but by a growing number of independent groups who also use the server simply as a case repository. What started as a small project for hospitals in Switzerland has become a global network. "

Brauchli K, O'mahony D, Banach L, Oberholzer M. iPath - a Telemedicine Platform to Support Health Providers in Low Resource Settings. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2005;114:11-7.

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"In many developing countries there is an acute shortage of medical specialists. The specialists and services that are available are usually concentrated in cities and health workers in rural health care, who serve most of the population, are isolated from specialist support [1]. Besides, the few remaining specialist are often isolated from colleagues. With the recent development in information and communication technologies, new option for telemedicine and generally for sharing knowledge at a distance are becoming increasingly accessible to health workers also in developing countries. Since 2001 the Department of Pathology in Basel, Switzerland is operating an Internet based telemedicine platform to assist health workers in developing countries. Over 1800 consultation have been performed since. This paper will give an introduction to iPath - the telemedicine platform developed for this project - and analyse two case studies: a teledermatology project from South Africa and a telepathology project from Solomon Islands. "

Brauchli K, Jagilly R, Oberli H at al. Telepathology on the Solomon Islands--two years' experience with a hybrid Web- and email-based telepathology system. J Telemed Telecare. 2004;10 Suppl 1:14-7.

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"The National Referral Hospital in Honiara, Solomon Islands, has used an Internet-based system in Switzerland for telepathology consultations since September 2001. Due to the limited bandwidth of Internet connections on the Solomon Islands, an email interface was developed that allows users in Honiara to submit cases and receive reports by email. At the other end, consultants can use a more sophisticated Web-based interface that allows discussion of cases among an expert panel. The result is a hybrid email- and Web-based telepathology system. Over two years, 333 consultations were performed, in which 94% of cases could be diagnosed by a remote pathologist. A computer-assisted 'virtual institute' of pathologists was established. This form of organization helped to reduce the median time from submission of the request to a report from 28 h to 8.5 h for a preliminary diagnosis and 13 h for a final report. A final report was possible in 77% of all submitted cases."

contact Department of Pathology
University Hospital Schönbeinstrasse 40
CH-4003 Basel
links  bullet  iPath  bullet  iPath (technical) (telemedicine server at the University of Basel)  bullet  iPath on SourceForge  bullet  Department of Pathology, University Hospital Basel  bullet  iPath wiki (under development)  bullet  Solomon Islands Telemedicine Network project  bullet  French African Telemedicine Network (Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine - RAFT)  bullet  iPath and RAFT  bullet  Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Entry on OpenClinical: 24 December 2006
Last main update: 31 December 2006


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