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On Wednesday the 23rd of May, 1pm Romanian Time, 4 University Hospital Clinics from Lyon, Hamburg, Verona and Cluj connected simultaneously on line via the Vistime Collaboration Platform and teleconference to present the latest findings in Pancreatic Tail Cancer to a packed room of surgeons and physicians at the Romanian Surgical Congress in Timisoara.

The session was conducted under the auspices of the European federation of the International Society for Digestive Surgery in collaboration with the Romanian Surgical Society.

It was the first pilot where a new on line collaboration technology such as Vistime was trialled connecting various institutions from different parts of the continent allowing them to view and manipulate data files, case histories and Full High definition procedural videos all in real time. The format was based on case presentations followed by specialist commentary with each institution being able to stop, start, zoom, scroll and comment the videos and presentations, facilitating in this way robust discussion with consent and conclusion on topics such as surgical advancements and cavity drainage.

Delegates were delighted to view the HD projection of the Vistime Platform and to be the first to participate in a consensual session where some 8 Key opinion leaders in Pancreatic cancer surgery from clinics in 4 different countries where able to work together without having to physically be there. The audience was able to ask questions to the specialists from the different Hospital clinics with the answers often resulting in discussion and mutual conclusion.

Professor Adham from Lyon commented that this is the beginning of a new era in continues medical education where expertise globally can connect to raise the standard of healthcare today.
“We foresee various hospitals connecting their teaching facilities enabling top faculty to engage directly with their student delegates via this great platform.”
The EFISDS President Professor Izbicki’ s opening speech included comments that the overload of information available via conventional channels such as YouTube and Wikipedia made it now ever more important to ensure that material needs to be peer reviewed, facilitated and presented in a secure environment such as the Vistime technology allows.” Ultimately it is the patient that benefits” he said.

EFISDS Secretary and past ISDS President Professor Antonio Basoli commented that eLearning in the true sense of the word is the future for medical education in the foreseeable future where cost and time saving will be top priority as well as having access to secure and validated data. “Already quite a few plans exist for projects utilising the new technology Vistime for future educational projects.”