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Monday, August 18, 2003


Telemedicine: Profile of Honolulu hospital's "fiber-optic eICU"

"From a distance of more than 3,000 miles, doctors at Tripler Army Medical Center are using telemedicine technology to peer over the shoulders of colleagues in Guam to help treat critically ill patients. Using high-resolution remote-controlled cameras and real-time transmissions, Tripler specialists can examine intensive-care unit patients, talk to them, and monitor heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs on a bank of computer monitors to assist with treatment overseas."

"The cameras are so good, 'we can read a bar code across the room,' said Maj. (Dr.) Eric Crawley, a pulmonary critical-care specialist at Tripler. 'I think the amazing thing to me is you can almost do a pupil exam from Hawai'i.'"

"The fiber-optic eICU is expected to result in significant cost-savings by stabilizing some patients who might otherwise need emergency air-evacuation at a cost of more than $100,000. Instead, those patients can be transported on a regularly scheduled medical flight mission when they are in better condition to fly."



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