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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Dr Dexter James, yesterday highlighted the strides made by that facility in incorporating information and communications technology into patient care. Speaking during the official opening of the Shaw Family Telemedicine Room at the University of the West Indies’ Clinical Skills Building, Jemmotts Lane, The City, he also stressed the benefits of telemedicine. “At the QEH over the past four years we have developed both the capability and capacity of telemedicine in our diagnostic services areas of radiology and pathology. In the case of radiology, all images are now in digital format and through our picture archiving and communication system . . . physicians can remotely access, view, read, report and consult on images on a real time basis,” he said. James said this capability had been developed to the point where physicians could access images during ward rounds, in operating rooms, outpatient clinics, at their homes or even while on travel duty.