So What is Telemedicine? The term 'telemedicine' derives from the Greek 'tele' meaning 'at a distance'and the present word 'medicine' which derives from the Latin 'mederi' meaning 'healing'.
In the jargon of today, telemedicine refers to the delivery of healthcare at a distance
Urban, suburban, and rural: A number of differences with pre‐hospital alerting are seen between urban, suburban, and rural settings. There is a multitude of reasons for these variations. Large EDs are less likely to desire notification of incoming patients due to the volume of EMS patients arriving and a misconception of the value in receiving the information. Urban and suburban EMS agencies may only notify the emergency department of Advanced Life Support (ALS) patients, or when needing medical direction. Rural EDs are most likely to desire consistent pre‐hospital notification in order to manage a limited bed and staffing resources. Rural EMS providers typically have longer transport times to stroke, STEMI, and trauma certified hospitals requiring initial transport to smaller regional hospitals, which may require a call back of specialized clinical personnel including radiologic technicians.
With its 24-7, mobile workforce, EMS is poised to become a critical component in the rapidly expanding world of telemedicine. With the wide availability of high-speed wireless networks and mobile devices, both patients and providers are embracing telemedicine for its efficiency, cost-effectiveness and ability to deliver personalized healthcare at a time and place that is convenient to the patient.
With GD e-Bridge™ Mobile Telemedicine, EMS, hospitals and physicians have an easy to use, inexpensive and secure new telemedicine application for use in a multitude of situations, including:
GD has been pioneering the mobile telemedicine revolution in the United States for the past 20+ years, offering the most complete FirstNet-Ready solutions, including live-streaming patient refusals and online medical control, providing real-time situational awareness in the field, and simultaneously transmitting data from the field and hospital right into the electronic health record.