Development of a telemedicine model for emerging countries: a case study on pediatric oncology in Brazil.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This article discusses a telemedicine model for emerging countries, through the description of ONCONET, a telemedicine initiative applied to pediatric oncology in Brazil. The ONCONET core technology is a Web-based system that offers health information and other services specialized in childhood cancer such as electronic medical records and cooperative protocols for complex treatments. All Web-based services are supported by the use of high performance computing infrastructure based on clusters of commodity computers. The system was fully implemented on an open-source and free-software approach. Aspects of modeling, implementation and integration are covered. A model, both technologically and economically viable, was created through the research and development of in-house solutions adapted to the emerging countries reality and with focus on scalability both in the total number of patients and in the national infrastructure.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hira, AY; Nebel de Mello, A; Faria, RA; Odone Filho, V; Lopes, RD; Zuffo, MK

Published Date

  • 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2006 /

Start / End Page

  • 5252 - 5256

PubMed ID

  • 17947134

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1557-170X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/IEMBS.2006.259380


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States