As the application of telemedicine expands in medical facilities across the country, there’s a focus on using technology in as many ways as possible to fill the existing gaps in healthcare and medicine. One of the major challenges faced by the healthcare community is treating highly contagious diseases without the risk of further contamination. As a method that limits physical contact, telemedicine is being viewed as a viable solution. And today, with the world’s eyes on the Ebola virus, treating and caring for patients by way of technology has never been more attractive.
The idea of treating contagious diseases using telemedicine is gaining favor among the medical fraternity mostly for two reasons. First, it allows medical caregivers to isolate the patient from others without compromising on the quality of treatment. Secondly, this method of care and treatment helps protect the health of the medical staff and healthcare providers while they are offering treatment.
In a recent press release, Joel E. Barthelemy, CEO of telemedicine solutions provider GlobalMed, discussed the possible role of telemedicine in fighting Ebola. He stressed the fact that in case of an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, hospitals and medical care facilities are very likely to witness an overwhelming rush of patients. Since medical care providers are the “last line of defense,” if they contract the disease, it could possibly undermine the entire country’s healthcare system. According to Barthelemy, telemedicine systems can be deployed to diagnose and even treat the patients from a physical distance, mitigating the risk of spreading the infection.
The deadly virus has already claimed the life of its first victim in the country, while the second case of EVD has occurred as well. Do you think telemedicine can be an effective method for assessment and treatment of EVD?
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About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at email@example.com