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Access America Online Magazine
October 2, 1998

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee has developed, with Iron Mountain Veterans Affairs Medical Center, several major telemedicine initiatives:

  • telenuclear medicine

  • telepathology

  • teleradiology

  • telefluoroscopy

  • telemental health

  • teleprosthetic examination

Milwaukee VA Medical Center physicians have been reading Iron Mountain's nuclear medicine studies since January of 1996. Milwaukee physicians have been given access to Iron Mountain's DHCP system to ensure ready access to clinical information.

The telepathology system enables pathologists in Milwaukee to read and make diagnoses from tissue on slides placed on the microscope in Iron Mountain. The robotic arm of the microscope can be controlled from either location. The telepathology team from Milwaukee and Iron Mountain received a "Hammer Award" from the Vice President in March of 1996.

Milwaukee and Iron Mountain are the first VA medical centers to perform telefluoroscopy. Live video is captured from the Iron Mountain equipment and transmitted across a T1 communication line to Milwaukee. Radiologists in Milwaukee observe the procedure as it is being performed. Diagnosis is made from spot films taken during this procedure.

For more information, contact John W. Zewiske, Community Relations Office, Zablocki Veterans Medical Center, Milwaukee, (414) 382-5363 or