TeleHealth News


October 27, 2016




    News comes to us that the legendary pilot R.A. "Bob" Hoover, has died. He was 94. With his Tennessee drawl and trademark straw panama hat, Hoover was an icon of American aviation.
     Many of us in aviation held him as a hero in many ways. His love and devotion was second to non, as he was an avid promoter of it. He flew in more than 2,500 civilian and military air shows in the U.S. and around the world, thrilling those on the ground with his trademark routine: shutting off the engines on his Aero-Commander, while performing loops and dives. He flew with such precision that he was able to pour iced tea into a glass in the middle of a barrel roll. After every air show, Hoover would take time to talk to the young people and promote flying. Bob Hoover attended an air show in Santa Fe in 1998. I took my son there and met the legendary flier. He was more interested in talking to my then seven years old son than me.
     Hoover's achievements are too numerous to list here, but what he did for aviation could be a great lesson for all of us in medicine. For while he flew for more than seventy years of his life, his focus was always on promoting aviation and helping to make it safer and more resourceful.
     Every pilot faces a potential emergency requiring a forced landing off an airport on every flight. Calamities happen when the pilot panics and stops flying the plane, becoming a passenger himself. Bob use to say; "When faced with a forced landing, fly the airplane as far through the crash as possible!" A lesson I have carried throughout many aspects of my life.
     In healthcare too, we face the potential of errors, but should never forget our primary role of serving the ill and the injured. And serving them wherever they are in rural as well as urban areas. Fortunately for us telehealth, telemedicine and tele-education make this very easy today, just as GPS makes navigating the skies a lot easier than guessing where in God's sky are we. Rest in peace Bob, you will not be forgotten. [R. G.]


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Of Interest:

    The first known aero-medical research was conducted in March 1784 when asthmatic patients were taken up in hot air balloons and changes in their vital signs and breathing observed.
     In 1892 Surgeon General de Mooy of the Netherlands designed the first ambulance corps for the Dutch military, including dirigibles, horse-drawn carts, and hot air balloons.
     By the end of the world war II, 1.2 million civilians and military including the sick and injured personnel were evacuated by aircraft by the US alone.
     Transporting a patient to a medical facility represents the most important stage of treatment, significantly increasing survival rates. Thus the most important modern development of military medical equipment wasn’t surgical equipment or IV drugs, it was the helicopter, to take advantage of that golden hour for survival.


How can TeleHealth help your Practice:

Presently hundreds of healthcare vacancies are listed 
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Aviation can help bring patients to
the medical centers but today's
technology also allows us to take the
medical center to the patients. 
Consider expanding your practice to
the rural areas of our state
through TeleHealth.


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companies to pay for TeleHealth consultation. 



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