Telemedicine makes disaster preparedness much easier

Jan 7, 2018 / Telemedicine in the news /
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With the number of natural disasters that occurred in 2017, governments, relief agencies, hospitals and other clinical facilities need to be more proactive in how they prepare to provide care to those during times of need. These events make it difficult for patients to access any form of healthcare and connect with specialists in a timely manner, but telemedicine can provide assistance during such devastating times. After the dismay of Hurricane Harvey, a number of telemedicine vendors joined together to provide free services for locals in evacuation areas, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Doctors agreed that while they had limited experience providing care at such an extensive level, there was no other option. Knowing it was the right thing to do was the only push they needed to provide efforts and services to those in need.

Telemedicine can provide disaster relief to patients who need medical treatment during inopportune times.Telemedicine can aid in providing medical relief to patients who need it during disasters.

There's no telling what could happen next under Mother Nature's radar. To better prepare for the potential of future natural disasters, let's take a look at how telemedicine can play a role in disaster relief and the steps AMD Global Telemedicine is taking to make this happen.

How can telemedicine assist in disaster relief?

Those affected by a natural disaster can utilize telemedicine to their advantage in a number of ways. Those include:

  • Remote portable self-sustaining telemedicine clinics - Allows for basic care on site and enables access to specialist through telemedicine.
  • Remote Consults - Patients who have made it to evacuation grounds and need to see a medical specialist can turn to telemedicine solutions for care.
  • First responder and ambulatory care - Portable suitcase-style telemedicine systems equipped with medical devices and  satellite or wireless connectivity provide first responders with access to clinical specialist and allow for better coordination for evacuation if needed.
  • Telemental Health visits - Those who are dealing with stress and trauma after the disaster can speak with a therapist for mental relief.

Without knowing what the future of natural disasters could look like, facilities can prepare in advance by using telemedicine, a beneficial solution for addressing the needs of society during a crisis.

How AMD Telemedicine is preparing for the future 

As of Janaury 2018, AMD Global Telemedicine partnered with Jenysis Global to create self-sustaining telemedicine mobile health containers for disaster relief  to provide care to patients during natural disasters. Hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis and other natural disasters provide a unique challenge where moving information rather than people is critical and often the only option. Our creative forces enabled us to develop specialized pods and containers to be used as self-sustaining clinics with  telemedicine capabilities for disaster relief. This innovation isn't just a response to  the devastation that recently occurred - it's also a preparation step for disasters in the future. Being proactive and having a plan ahead of time allows us to help more people receive the quality care they need during these unfortunate events.

For more information on how the telehealth solutions by AMD Global Telemedicine can benefit society, contact us today.

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