A first prototype of docConnect was finished in February 2007, after only six months of development. Due to its modularity, the program can be extended easily by adding new modules, so called plug-ins. Besides video and audio conferencing it already supports several other functionalities.
The prototype offers the following capabilities. Medicians can exchange and view DICOM pictures with docConnect. DICOM is a medical picture format, that contains meta data and allows to highlight particular properties of the picture, e.g. by changing the contrast dynamically. Another plug-in allows to give presentations with docConnect. Conference participants can open powerpoint presentations and transmit the slides individually to other conference partners. This way real time presentations can be held.
Users that do not have cameras or a microphones can also take part in conferences with the chat functionality of docConnect. Additionally with the web browser plug-in users can view web pages directly in docConnect, e.g. in a hospital intranet or the internet. If a user considers a page interesting, he can spread the page to all other conference participants.
The prototype was handed out to the Charité and is now tested there intensely. Already before the end of the project, we had the opportunity to test docConnect successfully in EMISHPHER, the satellite network of the Charité. EMISPHER is an EU project, that helps hospitals in the Mediterranean region to get access to modern health technology. In this test, we could hold a video conference over a satellite channel on Eutelsat.