Telehealth Helps Screen Deployed Soldiers for TBI

Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen Patricia Horoho announced this week that a pilot program to bring telehealth centers to deployed soldiers across Afghanistan had been completed and now provides routine medical screenings to soldiers in remote outposts by connecting them with physicians and mental health professionals in the rear.

Telehealth Helps Screen Deployed Soldiers for TBI

The program began in 2010 when four telehealth sites were opened with the goal of reducing instances of undiagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, two of the most common combat related medical conditions. Since then, it has evolved into a country-wide initiative with 87 remote telehealth centers.

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Mobile Health Tracking on Diabetes Social Network

Alliance Health Network, a Salt Lake City-based startup focused on public health work within social networks, has created a mobile and web tool to allow diabetic patients to track blood glucose and HbA1C values and share the information over Diabetic Connect, the world’s largest diabetes focused social network. The same standard privacy features we’ve come to expect from any social network are in place to allow the patient/user to limit access to the information to specific friends.

Mobile Health Tracking on Diabetes Social Network

While one might think that the average patient would not want to share personal health information in such a way, Alliance points to its own users as the inspiration for the new health tracking tools.

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Telemedicine: To Infinity and Beyond

In a recent interview with New Scientist magazine, Carnegie Mellon professor James Antaki, PhD discusses the ongoing effort of a group of NASA scientists and academic biomedical engineers working to develop the necessary applications and devices to support surgical procedures in space. The need for emergency surgical intervention has not yet occurred for an astronaut of any nationality, but experts agree that it is an unavoidable eventuality.

Telemedicine: To Infinity and Beyond

As man sets more distant goals for exploration, Mars for example, heath preparations must adapt. Travel to Mars is expected to take several months, and as Dr. Antaki explains, “there is a high likelihood of trauma or a medical emergency on a deep space mission.”

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