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3M telemedicine software utilised by International Space Station astronauts

10th March 2011

3M has announced that its Littmann Scope-to-Scope Tele-Auscultation System software is being utilised to monitor the health of International Space Station astronauts.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency is using the technology as part of a medical experiment designed to pioneer new methods of treating astronauts in space from Earth.

Using the software in conjunction with the 3M Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200, physicians are able to hear the actual heart and body sounds of space-bound patients from the ground with perfect sound quality.

3M introduced the system last year in order to allow physicians to consult each other with patient data at any time and from any location.

Ingrid Blair, vice-president of patient assessment at 3M's infection prevention division, said this represents "a real step forward for telemedicine and for patient care in all areas, especially when we apply this technology in rural and underserved areas".

In January 2011, the 3M group published its financial report for 2010, during which the firm's healthcare business unit experienced rising sales across all global territories.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800454355-ADNFCR

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