Current Services Operated by Telepaeds

By: Telepaeds  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Video Conferencing, Paediatrics


Units operating on the network: 111
Service Delivery: Fully managed, private, secure IP network with ISDN and external internet connectivity.`
Bandwidth: Minimum 512Kbps/link
Bridging: Unlimited Point to Point, 48 concurrent multi-point sessions internal + 12 External IP bridge ports.
Store and Forward: TelePaeds Content Server; 200 external views (stored & Streaming), 20 concurrent internal endpoint playback views, 5 concurrent recording ports.
Usage Hours: Over 1000/month
Equipment: Units (Polycom) - VSX3000 (6), VSX5000 (1), VSX6000 (86), VSX7000 (5), Tandberg (2), HDX 4000 (7), HDX 7000 (4).
Infrastructure: MGC50/100, Path Navigator, MGC Manager, GMS Microsoft 2003 Servers, Microsoft SQL, Fortigate Firewall.

It is conservatively estimated 500-600 medical personnel participate in video conferencing sessions per week. Investigations into clinical usage (clinical personnel discussing or reviewing information regarding a specific patient) has shown approximately 50 patients/week are receiving direct benefits from health professionals being connected by the network.

Content examples

National Grand Round Broadcast; Paediatrics, Infectious Disease, Brisbane
Grand Round, Nursing Grand Round (15-20 centres).
University Teaching; Paediatric FRACP Pt 1 (NZ & Aus), Adult FRACP Pt 1,
Community Child Health.
Medical Student Immersion Programme; Dunedin-Invercargill.
Medical Training; Laparoscopic, Gynaecology, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Child
National Groups; Paediatric Oncology, ENT Registrars, Play Specialists,
Paediatric Pharmacy, National Inherited Cardiac Diseases Committee, Senior
Cardiac Technicians Council,
Nursing; Specialist Nurse Study Days, Monthly specialist presentations.
Clinical Team Meetings; Genetics, Oncology.
DHB Management; Funding and Planning, Administration, Governance.
• Government; Emergency management, Pandemic Planning, DHB
Recruitment Interviews; Ad hoc throughout NZ and to UK, USA, China,
Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.
Ad-hoc Miscellaneous; Canada – Medical Legal consultation, USA &
Australian Nurses conference.

This is currently New Zealand’s only national health network. We are the preferred provider to 20 of the country’s DHBs for video conferencing services. Utilising the structure of a monthly fee covering all network, support and connectivity gives users, secure, unrestricted and uncapped access to all other units on the network. As the network is fully managed, external connectivity is made through two access points (ISDN and External Internet gateways) that are owned and support by NZTPS.

The service has seen a five fold increase in endpoints (12 endpoints to 72) from June 2004 to June 2007 showing that this medium and method of service delivery has become a core operating requirement in the New Zealand health environment.

Keywords: Paediatrics, Video Conferencing

Other products and services from Telepaeds


NZ Telepaediatric Service Network Sites

Dunedin Hospital Funding & Planning.


Services provided by the NZ Telepaediatric Service

Management and design issues associated with the creation of a service delivery platform have been encountered and overcome meaning this service is the preferred and only provider of managed video conferencing services to New Zealand's health sector. TelePaeds created and supplies a real-time, managed, video conferencing connection between paediatric palliative care patients from their home and the specialist department supervising their care.