TELEMEDICINE: FIRST RESPONDER AS PHYSICIAN'S REMOTE HAND

This article discusses telemedicine, combining the power of the Internet with computers and telecommunications equipment to provide care wherever and whenever it is needed. It relates two examples of the use of telemedicine. The first one, the Brain Attack Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, also called the BATmobile, is especially useful for stroke patients. Paramedics conduct blood tests at the scene and the results are transmitted to the hospital, along with other patient data. The video images of the patient are sampled automatically and sent to the Internet, so any hospital personnel involved in the project can view the patient and patient data in real time. The World Clinic, located in Arlington, Massachusetts, has set up a "virtual emergency room". It promises medical care anywhere in the world for individuals who subscribe to the service. World Clinic's most famous patient may have been the Russian sailor who developed a life-threatening infection during a transatlantic sailboat race. Alone in a sailboat, 1200 miles from land, he e-mailed World Clinic's medical director, Dr. Daniel Carlin, for help. Dr. Carlin walked the sailor through the steps for performing surgery on his own arm. Emergency medicine can do a lot with a laptop and a cell phone.

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  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 20-23
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  • Accession Number: 00789118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 2000 12:00AM