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
Right Care - Right Place - Right Time
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:
- Stroke – EMS streams live or texts recorded video of the stroke assessment to hospital or stroke center. Physicians can see the condition of the patient when EMS arrived, can interact directly with patients if needed and prepare for arrival.
- Burns – EMS sends images of the wound to hospital or burn center, enabling physicians to better collaborate.
- STEMI – EMS takes a picture of the ECG and forwards it to the hospital for cath lab documentation.
- Against medical advice transport refusals – EMS can record audio or video for liability protection, or use live streaming for direct interaction between the patient and physician.
- Trauma, auto accidents – Share pictures of the scene or mechanism of injury with trauma teams to help with decisions and team preparation.
- Interfacility or lengthy transports – If a patient’s condition significantly deteriorates, EMS can connect directly with physicians via live stream.
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.