CU and Telemedicine

Dennis J. Streveler (
Mon, 11 Mar 1996 07:28:56 -0800

>Hi. I am a clinical psychologist running a website on which I am exploring
>alternative ways of providing services to people. I have experimented with
>CUSeeMe for awhile and cannot get satisfactory results. I run a Pentium
>100 mhz, 16 megs ram, and 288 modem connection. On any reflector I have
>never gotten audio. The pictures I get are fractured, i.e., missing
>pixels, no movement. I have put off buying a quickcam until I can at least
>receive stable pictures and audio. Here are my questions:
>1. given the mission of the cuseeme team an application like mine seems to
>fit as I am trying to make mental health services more widely accessible -
>feedback on this?
>2. is cuseeme really a mature enough product so that people who are not
>computer savvy will be able to set it up to work - I have not been able to
>and at least think I know something.
>3. how do Connectix videophone or Intel proshare compare. I have heard
>that proshare will come out with a288 version this year for under $400.
>4. MOST of all - any suggestions about how I can get cuseeme to work!?
>David I. Sommers, Ph.D

Hello David,

My consulting specialty is telemedicine. Yes, you are indeed a "target
market" for the new kinds of videoconferencing such as CU represents.
However, at 28.8 you can't expect to have a wide enough pipe to serve your
purpose well. Depending on where you are, and to where you would like to
connect, you should consider at least ISDN-2B service. As you are aware,
video and audio requires sufficiently large bandwidth to allow fluidity and

All of this stuff is decidedly in "beta" now, which means you are not
working with "mature" products. The human-computer interface needs
considerable tuning, and the marketing effort to correctly position
expectations for such a product is rather undeveloped as well.

On the other hand, consider the HUGE potential for such products -- whose
capabilities mimic those which cost as much as $50,000 just a year or so


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