After a natural disaster, a tsunami, an earthquake or tornado strikes, the priority is to help the survivors and provide the required medical aid.
Unfortunately, the mobilization of the medical equipment, hospital like shelters or even doctors can be sometimes slow or even complicated because of the dimension of devastation or geographical situation of the survivors.
Telemedicine is an important medical aid logistics instrument to be used in times of disasters and can be an option in cases of big natural disasters and for minor injuries. It is a medical service provided via Internet connections to the remote areas of disastrous area. It works as a mobile hospital where with the aid of solar batteries, the specialized high resolution webcams and even the digital stethoscopes, the doctors another side of the world, after hearing the heart and lungs’ sounds, are able to make precise diagnosis of the patients. The digital autoscopes (ear infections), digital ultrasound are also conducted live at real time.
This high quality technology was used for typhoon Haiyan (Philippines) relief operations.
By: Aurelija Gudauskaite
Referenced by: Telemedice, Aid Logistics