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Concept of Operations for a Regional Telemedicine Hub to Improve Medical Emergency Response

Concept of Operations for a Regional Telemedicine Hub to Improve Medical Emergency Response,10.1109/WSC.2009.5429247,Hui Wang,Wei Xiong,Nathaniel Hupe

Concept of Operations for a Regional Telemedicine Hub to Improve Medical Emergency Response  
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Telemedicine (TM) is a tool that permits medical services to be provided remotely. Applications of telemedicine to disaster response began in the mid-1980s for natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes and for "staged" disas- ters in experiments and exercises. These activities led to the concept of a regional telemedicine hub (TMH) with an extended network of clinical providers, which potentially could alleviate problems associated with surge capacity during disaster re- sponse. However, health-related benefits associated with this organizational model for disaster-related telemedicine remain to be quantitatively tested. In this paper, we describe a simulation study used to examine the operation of a regional telemedi- cine hub during the acute phases of hospital patient management in a hypothetical earthquake scenario. We explore the im- pact of using telemedicine to provide emergency specialty care to expand surge capacities at both local and regional levels.
Conference: Winter Simulation Conference - WSC , pp. 2809-2819, 2009
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