TeleHealth News


February 15, 2018




Healthcare providers who, like athletes strive to improve themselves to the level of an Olympian give our profession the credibility it deserves. At the Olympics, the collective performance of the athlete is what makes it a world event, but it must be remembered that it is the contestants training and work that has earned them their place on the world stage. A tribute to the tenacity and resolve of their dream and vision.
The Olympics are one place where peace and harmony is demanded and permeates the very essence of the venue. It is where friend and foe gather to prove their mettle. History has proven that the process can also heal differences and create peace among adversaries. Indeed the tradition of the Olympic Truce or "Ekecheiria" dates back to the 9th century BC. During the Truce period, the athletes, their support teams and families, as well as spectators could travel in total safety to the Olympic Games and return home. As the opening of the Games approached, the sacred truce was proclaimed and announced by citizens of Elis who traveled throughout Greece to pass on the message.
Recently, International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to revive the ancient concept of the Olympic Truce to encourage searching for peaceful and diplomatic solutions to the conflicts around the world and to create a window of opportunity for dialogue and understanding.
Healthcare is another area where peace is demanded in order to bring needed care to everyone. It too can be an avenue for resolution and reconciliation. To a Healthcare Olympian, a patient has no race, nationality, political or social affiliations, financial ability, etc. except where it's relevant to the patient's condition.
Today's technology can facilitate healthcare even more readily than before and add to the safety of the care. Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education can promote such endeavors. When disaster strikes a region, even sworn enemies are known to set aside their differences and lend a hand. When an earthquake recently hit the Iraq/ Iran boarder, The American Red Cross joined others to help. The Nepal Earthquake last April brought help from India, China, as well as many other countries. The list goes on and on. If we can set aside our differences during these times, there is no reason at all why they could not be curtailed permanently till a peaceful solution is worked out. To paraphrase Dr Jacques Rogge, 2007 IOC President: (Healthcare and) sport alone cannot enforce or maintain peace. But it has a vital role to play in building a better and more peaceful world.


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Of Interest:

The youngest Olympic athlete was (and is to this day) a Greek gymnast by the name of Dimitrios Loundras who competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. He was 10 years old. The oldest was Swedish shooting expert Oscar Swahn in 1912. He was 72.