Chinese Telemed 96, a three way international telemedicine conference was successfully held in November 1996. Over 1,000 physicians, allied health professionals and medical students participated in this conference in Beijing, Hong Kong and London. This program demonstrated that the quality of telecommunication technology was suitable for the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Medicine to use it in facilitating medical consultations and sharing expertise among widely dispersed colleagues. The consensus of Hong Kong participants was that the audiovideo and telecommunication technology used in this conference were adequate. In order to improve overall quality, however, a better co-ordination of the technical support across sites is required Other felt that the conference suffers from the shortage of highly trained technical staff required to support the communication system. However, following the total evaluation of this conference, it is concluded that while technical support, site and location are important factors in a good telemedicine conference, a well run telemedicine conference is more dependent on a sound planning process and its execution.
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