REMOTE POSSIBILITIES: Telemedicine is expanding the reach of health care
[Excerpt from ROTARY Magazine, December 2020]
RIGHT NOW, I CAN SEE ALL my patients through my mobile phone,” says Prakash Paudyal, a pulmonologist and member of the Rotary Club of Jawalakhel, Nepal. Paudyal uses a Kubi device to turn a tablet into a “mini-robot” for remote monitoring of his COVID-19 patients who are in isolation at Nepal National Hospital. Paudyal learned about the Kubi and other telehealth practices during a vocational training team trip to the San Francisco area last year. “I do one round with all my [protective] gear on, and then I see all my patients through this mini-robot,” he says, thankful that the Kubi helps protect him from exposure to the virus.
The use of telehealth has surged worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, a study by McKinsey found that 46 percent of consumers are now using telehealth, up from 11 percent in 2019. Broadly defined, telehealth includes everything from virtual visits with a doctor to remote monitoring of a patient’s vitals to mobile health technologies…
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Innovation Nation Visits OffSite Care
Similar to the Discovery Channel, Innovation Nation is a Canadian TV show that focuses on technological breakthroughs. This segment focuses on how OffSite Care, a leading provider of telemedicine services, is improving the medical acuity and financial viability of rural hospitals in America.
Robotic Telemedicine in Action
A live demonstration of how telehealth provider OffSite Care successfully delivers intensivist consults to rural ICUs utilizing advanced robotic telemedicine.
Financial Benefits for Rural Hospitals
Physician Stories – Peter Bretan, MD
In this Physician Story, Dr. Bretan uses a robot to visit a hospital patient more than 100 miles away.
OSC Presentation pt.1
OffSite Care presentation on the effectiveness of telemedicine; includes case presentation and treatment of H1N1 swine flu patient; recorded 10/28/2009 at Sutter Hospital, Santa Rosa, CA.