WP6

Set up of Telemedicine Laboratories:
This WP aims at to fulfill and achieve the objectives of introducing the intercalated Bachelor degree of Basic Medical Sciences in Jordanian Medical schools by improving the research infrastructure and easy communication and consultation between the six medical schools. One of the most innovative methods to achieve such environment is Telemedicine. The WHO has advocated for Telemedicine in its famous report in 2010 to provide accessible, cost-effective, high-quality health care services. Telemedicine uses ICTs to overcome geographical barriers, and increase access to health care services and facilitates communication between clinicians and researchers. Videoconferencing facilities are increasingly needed as an efficient way of collaboration and discussion between researchers from different institutes. Pathology and laboratory services provide a huge source of database for research in all basic and clinical disciplines and always regarded as the treasure for research activities. The Pathology department at King Abdullah University Hospital and Jordan University of science and Technology is the largest academic pathology and laboratory medicine department in Jordan and is a referral lab for almost 40% of Jordanian population. Digital pathology is an image-based information environment which is enabled by computer technology that allows for the management of information generated from a digital slide. Digital pathology is enabled in part by virtual microscopy, which is the practice of converting glass slides into digital slides that can be viewed, managed, shared and analyzed on a computer monitor. With the advent of Whole-Slide Imaging, the field of digital pathology has exploded and is currently regarded as one of the most promising avenues of diagnostic medicine in order to achieve even better, faster and cheaper diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of cancer and other important diseases. This huge archive will provide a huge source of research for all medical schools. JUST will act as the main hub for supporting all the intercalated degrees in other medical schools and even providing them with data, images, and clinical information needed to accomplish this mission. All the research activities will be subjected to the necessary ethical and IRB approvals.