TeleHealth News


January 12, 2017




    The political atmosphere of the day demands clarity as we enter the new year. The challenge for us healthcare providers is to be able to treat our patients without prejudice and political overview. We were taught that our patients have no color, nationality, race or creed. They are all human beings needing our help. Their language is not English, Chinese, Arabic, Swahili, or Navajo, rather their communication is of pain, discomfort and malaise – of themselves or a loved one.
     Nationalistic fervor, political conservatism, and xenophobic ideologies have no place in a treatment room. Our relationship with our patients must be much like that of a priest and a parishioner and our healthcare center as a church and sanctuary.
     The world in 2017 will be preoccupied with all kinds of regional problems. In Europe, the Brexit shock of 2016 reverberates. Many European countries facing elections will look to the outcome of our election and may challenge their system by supporting xenophobic and nationalist parties. In the far-east, resource-rich China may fill in the economic void created by western trade and investment protectionism, creating more uncertainties for people of all nationalities.
     In the middle of this chaos, live millions of homeless and refugees that, due to no fault of their own, have lost everything and are looking for a glimmer of hope and a chance to set their lives back on course. Yet the new protectionism of many is drowning that hope. In the United Nations, a new Secretary-General; Antonio Guterres of Portugal took up his position this month and in his first address to the UN, said; "I remember the times when most borders would be open and now we see borders closed, now people do not even have the right to be a refugee in many parts of the world."
     In these times of uncertainties, psychological as well as physical hardships sicken people. Not to mention the deplorable conditions they live under. Often their only hope for the relief of their pain and discomfort will be a visit to a healthcare provider – if there are any among them. In our brief encounter with them, we must show mercy and unbiased concern and remain brutally neutral. With our own citizens as well as others. After all lets not forget that the epidemic of the 1918 that killed over 30 million people worldwide started out of similar chaos.
     Fortunately the technology of Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education helps us reach more of the needy near and far. We can employ many of our colleagues – even those with reservation – to care for these people through telecommunication of Telehealth and Telemedicine. This technology allows us to even care for our enemies, without jeopardizing safety.
     In a recent interview Mark Zuckerberg – founder of Facebook said:
"For decades, technology and globalization have made us more productive and connected. This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime. We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone. After a tumultuous last year, my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they're living, working and thinking about the future."
     Maybe we all need to get out and communicate with more people and spread hope! [ R. G. ]


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Of Interest:    


Refugees in 2015 according to UN
Total population
15.484 million
Regions with significant populations
Africa 4.397 million
Europe 4.363 million
Asia and the Pacific 3.552 million
Middle East and 
North Africa
2.675 million
Americas 496,384


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