The Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 90, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 20, 1996 Page: 2 of 38
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June 20 1996 Fort Hood Sentinel
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Advancements in telemedicine
technology in central Texas was
demonstrated at Scott & White
Hospital Temple June 10.
A medical consultation between
the Psychiatry Departments of
Darnall Army Community Hospi-
tal and Scott & White Hospital was
held in the Doctors Conference
Room at Scott & White.
Approximately 50 people in-
cluding Lt. Gen. Thomas
Schwartz III Corps and Fort Hood
commander viewed the psychiat-
ric video consultation.
The teleconferencing case was
a suicide attempt presented by Dr.
David Orman chief of psychiatry
at Darnall and Jonathan Lockhart
a second-year psychiatric resident.
Those involved in the case dis-
cussed patient history and risk fac-
tors which might put the patient at
higher risk for another attempt.
The physicians were also able to
acess reference material through a
comprehensive regional data base
at Blackland Research Center. An
important feature during the dis-
cussion focused on the numerous
levels of support systems available
within the military community.
Everyone involved with the
teleconsultation agreed that after
looking at all the patient's options
prognosis for a complete and
healthy recovery was very good.
Although this was only a
teleconsultation telemedicine can
include a variety of different op-
tions as simple as a picture of a
rash to an actual injury.
Darnall Army Community Hos-
pital has become the vanguard of
information technology in the
Great Plains Regional Medical
Command an area stretching from
Local hospitals communicate
with telemedicine conference
the shores of south Texas to the
With a growing beneficiary
population because of the Army's
execution of the Base Realignment
and Closure Act the already taxed
Medical Department Activity at
Fort Hood decided to leverage
technology through telemedicine.
A pooling of knowledge be-
tween Darnall and the Network and
Operations and Deployment Cen-
ter personnel San Antonio led to
a state-of-the-art design rivaling
other telemedicine configurations.
At the nucleus of the system is
the use of a DS-3 line with the ca-
pacity to transmit 36 full-motion
real-time video consultations si-
multaneously. This massive band-
width can be allocated to 47 dif-
ferent Darnall locations.
The special video teleconferenc-
ing units have four times the reso-
lution of a home television. An at-
tached scope can further magnify
that resolution 10 times for special
Also crucial to the new system
is Teleos 200 a switching system
that automatically connects a lo-
cation within the hospital to any
other location that has video tele-
This means the neonatal inten-
sive care unit on the first floor of
Darnall can talk to the Pediatric
Clinic on the first floor or to
Brooke Army Medical Center in
San Antonio or to vision surgeons
at afield training exercise.
A recent affiliation with Texas
A&M University Health Science
Center has reaped two benefits for
Fort Hood soldiers. First it has
allowed Darnall to gain access to
the A&M network which is con-
nected to over 80 educational re-
search and medical facilities lo
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This demonstration represents
the first direct video consultation
ever to occur between Darnall and
Scott & White and is made pos-
sible via the collaborative experts
Texas A&M and the consortium
members of Bell Country Network
for Educational Technology.
BellNET is a consortium estab-
lished in Bell County to facilitate
the development of a fully-interac-
tive two-way video teleconferenc-
ing data network in the county.
This connection will soon be
tapped by the Fort Hood Educa-
tion Center which will offer ac-
credited courses from Texas A&M
A film-less radiology system is
also being planned by Darnall. Al-
though still in the procurement
state once installed it will allow
for diagnostic images to be taken
at a troop medical clinic and be
transmitted electronically to the
hospital. The rapidly-displayed
images can be viewed at diagnos-
tic workstations interpreted and
the results transmitted back to the
TMC saving precious man-hours.
Finally another initiative at
Darnall is telepathology. Through
real-time on-screen consultations
with the Armed Forces Institute of
Pathology in Washington D. C.
Darnall can draw upon the AFIP's
vast knowledge and experience to
diagnose diseases. Additionally
Darnall can receive consultative
analysis from any facility with an
operational telepathology unit.
The medical consultation be-
tween Darnall and Scott & White
was a demonstration of the coop-
erative efforts between government
and civilian medical institutions to
bring the most advanced medical
technology to central Texans.
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Herschel, Sgt. La Donna. The Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 90, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 20, 1996, newspaper, June 20, 1996; Fort Hood, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth310121/m1/2/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.