Establishing a Low-Cost Telecommunications Method to Provide Tele ENT Consultations From a Military Medical Center to Deployed Locations

  • Tom Gifford Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
  • Erica Taylor Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
  • Jeffrey Morgan Womack Army Medical Center
  • Shawn Nessen Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
  • Brett Freedman Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
  • David Boedeker Doane College
  • Ben Boedeker university of nebraska medical center
Keywords: deployment medicine, telemedicine, military medicine, ENT, videoconference.

Abstract

In many deployed locations, access to expert medical advice can be limited. The expansion of telemedicine has bridged this gap; however, the large and costly technology required to perform telemedical activities hinders its accessibility. This study aimed to develop a low-cost telemedicine method in order to perform tele ENT consultations for deployed military personnel. The results indicated an ability to transmit clear endoscopic images between deployed and garrison locations using low weight/volume/cost laptop based telemedicine technology.

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Author Biographies

Tom Gifford, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Department of Surgery, Major, US Army
Erica Taylor, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Department of Telemedicine, RN
Jeffrey Morgan, Womack Army Medical Center
Deputy Commander Clinical Services, COL, US Army Medical Corps
Shawn Nessen, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Chief of Surgery, COL, US Army Medical Corps
Brett Freedman, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Chief of Telemedicine, LTC, US Army Medical Corps
David Boedeker, Doane College
Pre medical student.
Ben Boedeker, university of nebraska medical center
Director, Center for Advanced Technology and Telemedicine, Professor Anesthesiology

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http://www.tatrc.org/conferences/ata_midyear_10/ppt/Brittain_ATA_MidYear_Sept10.pdf

Published
2014-11-23
How to Cite
Gifford, T., Taylor, E., Morgan, J., Nessen, S., Freedman, B., Boedeker, D., & Boedeker, B. (2014). Establishing a Low-Cost Telecommunications Method to Provide Tele ENT Consultations From a Military Medical Center to Deployed Locations. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 2(1), 50-53. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/101
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Original Research