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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:30pm

Two Mercy faculty members raised the College’s international profile when they helped organize the Fifth International Conference on Medical Informatics and Telemedicine, held in Prague, Czech Republic.

At the September conference, Dr. Marion Ben-Jacob, professor of mathematics, and David Wang, associate professor of computer science, also co-presented a keynote address, titled “Assessment of telemedicine from different perspectives.” The work was based on their paper, “Perspectives on Telemedicine,” published in The Journal of Health & Medical Informatics.

Telemedicine enables healthcare providers in remote and often understaffed locations to access medical expertise using wireless technology. Smaller community hospitals and healthcare facilities are often overwhelmed by the vast array of capabilities and can benefit from an assessment of the goals and objectives of their individual telemedicine program.

“A comprehensive and well-thought-out assessment can provide hospital administrators with the means to define the services they will provide and the population they will serve with telemedicine,” said Ben-Jacob. “Our paper examined ways to evaluate the latest current technologies, along with the attendant issues of training and procedural ethics.”

“As members of the organizing committee, our association with Mercy College appeared everywhere, from participants’ handouts to presenters’ certificates,” said Wang. “The Mercy College name and reputation are spreading.”