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Dotter Interventional Institute


OHSU president, Peter Kohler and Josef Rösch on a live transmission to Europe.

Video teleconferencing was an important part of the Dotter Institute's educational efforts. In the early nineties, the Institute used satellite transmission of live cases to conferences in the United States and were pioneers of live-case transmissions across the Pacific Ocean to Japan. Because high cost and difficulty of setup prohibited the wider use of satellite transmissions, the Institute turned to online video teleconferencing. Its cost, which was less than one-tenth of a satellite transmission, allowed the Institute to expand its tele-education program. The Institute performed 15 tele-workshops with tele-lectures and live-case transmissions to congresses and meetings in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, India and Singapore.

Broadcast of a live transmission of a case in the research lab at OHSU to an audience in Prague.

In early 2000, the Dotter Institute broadened its network access to interventional divisions of prominent universities and hospitals in Europe, particularly in the Czech Republic. Using funds donated for high-tech education, the Institute purchased several teleconferencing units, and allocated them to five hospitals in the Czech Republic, and to hospitals in Austria. They were used for the Prague Interventional Workshop for live-case and lecture transmissions from multiple hospitals. They were also used for pioneering online simultaneous panel discussions from multiple sites in the United States, Europe and Australia and for internet broadcasting. In 2001 and 2002 the Institute broadcasted proceedings from the 7th and the 8th Prague Interventional Workshops on the Internet. CME credits were available for this cyber or archive attendance.