TeleHealth News


July 6, 2017




    Tuesday was America's independence day and our birthday. Happy birthday America! It is interesting to note that 21 other countries celebrate their independence in July as well. Yet despite the fact that many proudly commemorate their autonomy, the business world unites and tears down barriers.
     A family member who has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia told of a time she was traveling the northern regions of Borneo in Malaysia. She was on a train to Tenom Station and passing through the jungle, marveling at the scenery and relatively simple way of life. She was hungry by the time the train reached the station and thinking of where to eat when, to her astonishment, she saw a sign for "Pizza Hut" next to the station. I was Googling the map to follow her trip and sure enough there is a Pizza Hut and a KFC in Tenom, which shows the globalization of our commerce and businesses.
     Recently, we received a request from a medical student in South Korea who, enthusiastically wants to introduce Korean medicine, the complementary medicine in Korea, to the world using telemedicine. Our Chairman; Dr. Alverson informed him that there are active telemedicine programs in South Korea, commonly called “ubiquitous Health” (uHealth) and that he had the opportunity to visit with some of the key stakeholders in Seoul. Dr. Alverson further stated that the integration of traditional healing is a common theme in many countries around the world and that he would be happy to discuss it further with our student.
    Dr. Alverson has traveled the world promoting telehealth and telemedicine. From the Jungles of South America to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. It is amazing how a rare disease in a remote village up the Amazon River can be treated directly by the UNM doctors, 4000 miles away. And how I can write about it while listening to Flamingo music performed in Barcelona, Spain. It is indeed a small world after all.
     Our technology connects us in ways not perceivable even a few short years ago. We can reach out and touch each other across the world, help one another, treat diseases, advise on social, economic and commercial matters. Even attend scientific and trade meetings on the other side of the country or enjoy a live concert thousands of miles away, without having to leave our home base. Indeed Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education are taking the latest of sciences to the very center of the needy regions. But there are still places that lack this connection and it is remarkable that some actually resist it - on both sides. But if we can sell American style pizza and chicken around the world, we can share our knowledge of medicine and healthcare with others. Teach as well as learn from one another. Let us be one of those who remove barriers rather than raise them. [ R. G. ]


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Of Interest:

    Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's first African director general from Ethiopia took office on first of July.  In his acceptance speech said;  "WHO’s work is about serving people, about serving humanity. It’s about serving people regardless of where they live, be it in developing or developed countries, small islands or big nations, urban or rural settings. It’s about serving people regardless of who they are. Poor or rich, displaced or disabled, elderly or the youth. Most importantly, it’s about fighting to ensure the health of people as a basic human right."
    His Five top priorities;

  1. Ensure universal health coverage for all people without impoverishment

  2. Respond quickly and efficiently to public health emergencies
  3. Secure the health, dignity and rights of women, children and adolescents

  4. Decrease the health impacts of climate and environmental change

  5. Transform WHO into a more effective, transparent and accountable agency


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