Concept of operations for a regional telemedicine hub to improve medical emergency response

Hui Wang, Wei Xiong, Nathaniel Hupert, Christian E Sandrock, Javeed Siddiqui, Aaron E Bair

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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" disasters 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 response. 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 telemedicine hub during the acute phases of hospital patient management in a hypothetical earthquake scenario. We explore the impact of using telemedicine to provide emergency specialty care to expand surge capacities at both local and regional levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2009 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Dec 13 2009Dec 16 2009


Other2009 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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