TeleHealth News


July 7, 2016




    "There is a baby with a rash outside in a car," the nurse informed me one day long ago "will you go and check it out?"
    It was our policy to keep children with a rash out of the urgent care to prevent spreading it to others. Warning placards, in Spanish and English, were placed at the entrance to alert patients that we would come out and see the patient and not to bring them in.
    "Buenos Dias" I said in my accented and limited Spanish, and continued to inquire about the nature of the rash covering a very young infant's body. It turned out to be a garden variety of children's viral diseases and not one of the dreaded ones like measles that was coming across the boarder. What makes me remember the case was not the baby's illness, but rather the distraught state of the mother. She was visibly scarred, looking around at every car passing by. I looked at my interpreter questioningly.
    "She is illegal and worried about the cops." she hushed in my ear. There was a big raid the night before and many illegal migrants were arrested by the INS. Apparently some of her family members were among the arrested. I prescribed the usual treatment for the baby and they left in a hurry.
    I could not get the mother out of my mind for a long time that day. For despite the great danger she felt in being discovered, she sought help for her sick baby. We prevented the baby from spreading his infection to others in our waiting area but was sure that the cramped and poor conditions of the residences of these migrants did not prevent the spread to others in their community. After all, that was probably how her baby contacted the infection. Although I did ask about others being sick, her alarmed reaction to my inquiry about others made it clear that no proper response would be coming as she was ready to bolt out of there.
    The incident happened many years ago, yet today we are further from resolving this problem than ever before. We just celebrated our independence day. Two hundred forty years ago, we said no to tyranny, control and prejudice. Our very motto of freedom became; "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
    But the anti immigrant fervor today, is doing the opposite and closing all doors to these very people. Argument on the legality or right or wrongness of the issues aside, what do we do when as healthcare professionals, we are asked to care for these people. In medicine, we are thought to give care to all who need it. Despite any racial, geopolitical, or other discriminating or prejudicial status. But how do you treat fear, uncertainty, despondency, need, etc.
    Fortunately, today we do have tools like telemedicine, tele-education and telehealth to help many of our fellow men, near and far. But the use of these tools themselves, have become controversial and contentious. Turf control, financial consideration and political misunderstandings are limiting the use of these wonderful tools. Maybe these technologies are advancing too fast, but so are the plight and need of millions of hungry, poor refugees all around the world. Lets put our racial, geopolitical, discriminating prejudices aside and help our fellow men. Lets live up to our motto. Even if we don't want these masses to come here, we can take help to them through our technology.


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Of Interest:

    Independence Day became an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870 but in 1938, Congress changed it to a paid holiday.
     Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
     One out of eight signers - 7 total - graduated from Harvard.
     The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
     President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on Fourth of July. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
     In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 316 million.
     It is believed that the lyrics of the “Yankee Doodle” may have been written by Doctor Richard Shuckburgh, a British Army doctor. Shuckburgh wrote the song after seeing the disheveled, disorganized Yankees of Colonial troops.


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