Implementing telemedicine in medical emergency response: Concept of operation for a regional telemedicine hub

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

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Abstract

A regional telemedicine hub, providing linkage of a telemedicine command center with an extended network of clinical experts in the setting of a natural or intentional disaster, may facilitate future disaster response and improve patient outcomes. However, the health benefits derived from the use of telemedicine in disaster response have not been quantitatively analyzed. In this paper, we present a general model of the application of telemedicine to disaster response and evaluate a concept of operations for a regional telemedicine hub, which would create distributed surge capacity using regional telemedicine networks connecting available healthcare and telemedicine infrastructures to external expertise. Specifically, we investigate (1) the scope of potential use of telemedicine in disaster response; (2) the operational characteristics of a regional telemedicine hub using a new discrete-event simulation model of an earthquake scenario; and (3) the benefit that the affected population may gain from a coordinated regional telemedicine network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1651-1660
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medical Systems
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Disaster response
  • Discrete-event simulation
  • Earthquake
  • Emergency medicine
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Information Systems

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