TeleHealth News


February 22, 2018




Reza Ghadimi
Special Olympians
We are now a week into the Olympics and athletes from around the world have proven their talent on the ice, snow, skis, blades, boards and snowshoes. Fighting the elements of wind, frigid temperatures and the like which of course is the intent and purpose of the games. It is one event in the world where everyone is glued to their viewing devices and cheering. Healthcare too raises merriment and liveliness when it gives worthy results. Sports and healthcare are very much intertwined. Sports keeps us healthy, medicine keeps sportsmen and women healthy. Research in nutrition, exercise methods, physical and mental care, attire and healthy living contribute greatly to the well-being of athletes and the rest of us too. And when something goes wrong and injuries or illness occur, healthcare providers are there to deal with that as well. Which brings us to yet another Olympian achievement. That of the Special Olympics where the people with physical handicaps prove to the world that disability is only the hindrance we allowed it to be.
Watching the Special Olympics is of great satisfaction when we see the marvelous achievements of the competitors. How they overcome their handicaps, shortcomings and limitations. Here too healthcare and medical technology often play a great role. Much of what is achievable today is due to breakthroughs in the healthcare devices. Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education provide the means to spread the knowledge of them to the world. Advances in many areas help determine whether athletes reach their goals, ambitions and aspiration. People like Beatrice Vio- an Italian fencer with no arms, or Junichi Kawaia Japanese blind swimmer, or Chantal Petitclerc a Canadian wheelchair track athlete and many others; Olympians all.
In healthcare too we have Para Olympian caliber practitioners like; Dr. Gregory Snydera physician in wheelchair, or Dr. Judith Ann Pachciarzwho is deaf, or Dr. Cheri Blauwetwho is an MD and a Para Olympian, or Dr. Tim Cordes who is blind.They are all inspirations to the rest of us.
A long time ago I had an opportunity of working with a doctor who was a polio victim and in a wheelchair. In my young and ignorant way, I did not quite appreciate him at first. As matter of fact we use to give him difficult patients because they would pacify once they saw that their provider had more of a handicap than they. But over time I came to truly appreciate him and learned much about dealing with adversity. Humanity demands caring for others and often it becomes a Herculean task for the care giver and receiver. So as we watch many of these Special Olympians, we must be thankful for all they teach us in adversity and be appreciative for all that we do not have to endure to do our job. Maybe then we can have a better outlook of our daily chores.


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Of Interest:

Many organizations deal with healthcare professionals with disabilities. Here are some of them:
Society of Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities
American Society of Handicapped Physicians
American Association on Health and Disability 
Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education
UN WHO - Disability and health
My Life as a Doctor in the World Health Organization
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Stigma thrives for India's 60 million disabled


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