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This is the first edition of CAN/CSA-ISO/TS 16058, Health informatics - Interoperability of telelearning systems, which is an adoption without modification of the identically titled ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Technical Specification 16058 (first edition, 2004-07-01).
At the time of publication, ISO/TS 16058:2004 is available from ISO in English only.
This specification addresses the technical and system components of the telehealth reference architecture for telelearning systems (see Figure 7). It does so by defining technical requirements to be satisfied for a compliant telelearning system. A compliant system will help to ensure that the telelearning technologies deployed for healthcare telelearning are capable of appropriately supporting and delivering distance learning as well as interoperating with disparate telelearning systems that are also compliant with this specification.
This specification deals with both the telelearning instructor and learner systems and addresses the interfaces of these systems to telecommunication networks.
The specification also focuses on the use of real-time interactive communication in telelearning sessions. Most of the telelearning lecture and study material are delivered and distributed to all the learners prior to a telelearning session. This material is usually delivered in non-real time using the store-and-forward communications mode such as FTP download, email, fax or postal/courier services.
The use of store-and-forward communications to deliver learning material is not addressed in this specification. It is recognized that a telecommunications network is integral and critical in the delivery of telelearning services (see Figure 1). In order for the telelearning systems to interoperate, the network needs to provide certain services.
However, the network service requirement is diverse and complex and it is beyond the scope of this specification. Network-related issues in the context of telehealth are discussed in the ISO Technical Report, ISO/TR 16056-2 Interoperability of telehealth systems and networks.