Brazos Minshew is a Member of the American Telemedicine Association
ATA is a non-profit association based in Washington DC with a membership network of more than 10,000 industry leaders and healthcare professionals, helping to transform healthcare by improving access to healthcare throughout the world.
“I began working with Telemedicine as the Director of the Medical Advisory Board for Global Healthcare Office (GHCO). We were specifically working with translation teams in disaster zones, such as in Haiti following the earthquake and in West Africa during the Ebola crisis. Our strategy was to design a live telemedicine interaction between a doctor in one Country and a patient in another. Alternately, we developed a strategy for capturing, storing and forwarding medical information that would allow the healthcare provider to assist the patient asynchronously. Given the increase in disasters, planning and preparation for disaster management appear necessary to understand and deal with the next crisis.”
Today, the use of telemedicine has spread rapidly and is now becoming integrated into the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, home health agencies, private physician offices as well as consumer’s homes and workplaces. It’s no wonder why this has become a multi-billion-dollar industry and why nearly every major hospital and healthcare system leverages it to transform and to re-invent healthcare.
“We were able to provide access to care for those who had limited access or no healthcare at all. By using a Smart Phone and simple attachments, we delivered enhanced reach of healthcare services, reduced cost and 24/7 coverage by specialists. Smart Phones today have more capacity than many of the first systems that went to the moon. Patient consultations via video conferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs and continuing medical education are just some of the services GHCO provides.”
Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts wore medical monitoring devices during the first moon landing in 1969. Telemedicine is the natural evolution of healthcare in the digital world. It’s no wonder why nearly every major healthcare system leverages it to transform and to re-invent healthcare.