EMED JAMAICA Uses Video Telemedicine Technology on Emergency Calls

By admin, Updated: Jun 01 at 6:30pm - Uncategorized
EMED JAMAICA Uses Video Telemedicine Technology While Transporting Patients

EMED, Jamaica’s premier ground, air ambulance and medical assistance
company, today announced that it is providing transportation to hospitals and
other healthcare sites throughout the Caribbean region, utilizing video
telemedicine technology as an experiment in an effort to provide better care for
patients.

"EMED offers an integrated air ambulance, ground ambulance and medical
assistance service program. EMED offers services for local Jamaicans, United
State citizens and Canadian citizens who are vacationing in the Caribbean and are
in need of emergency medical assistance. EMED uses sophisticated technology
solutions which allow health data to get to EMED’s care providers within the
critical time period needed to result in a positive patient outcome,” said Duane
Boise, the company’s President and CEO.

With EMED’s already advanced patient transportation capabilities, the venture
with video telemedicine technology does not come as a surprise. The company
will be installing a 911 emergency button in its websites allowing for an EMT,
nurse and patient, all to be connected by way of the Internet. This will allow
EMED EMT’s to transmit live video and audio from an ambulance to a doctor in
an emergency who will be able to watch the video stream on a tablet or desktop
computer.

Virtual medical exams where doctors in distant locations evaluate patients online
are nothing new. Video consultations have traditionally connected patients in
rural areas to specialists at urban medical centers. EMED offers the potential to
expand video interactions into all corners of the health care industry due to its
mobility.

Plans are set to begin testing the video telemedicine platform with Health City in
Cayman Islands later this month. The EMED telemedicine platform that will be
sending the patient information to a doctor, hospital, or other health care
provider is HIPPA compliant with an advanced encryption technology that
protects the privacy of the patients personal health information.

"EMED also has created a virtual waiting room which will be integrated into its
websites so patients can securely talk face to face with a member of the EMED
care team, at any time, through any smart phone, tablet or computer.” says, Bipin
Thomas, EMED’s Chief Technology Officer.

This new EMED experimental video telemedicine technology allows EMED’s
doctors and nurses to provide care to many Caribbean citizens living in rural
areas without easy access to medical centers. A recent study released by a US
based health care system reported that; Home telehealth services reduced
hospital admissions by 35% and further reduced bed days of care by 59%. This
potentially could reduce the accident and emergency room long waiting periods
for the Jamaican public health care system, and also reduce the spreading of
germs.

In the near future EMED will be adding a remote patient monitoring system for
patients to use at their home. This will keep patients linked to the EMED care
team allowing for updated health information to be transmitted. It also will help
stem the spread of infectious diseases and virus’s
 
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