TeleHealth News


March 3, 2016




    Recently, while driving to town, a bit of news caught my attention so much that I had to pull over to the side of the road and pay attention to the implications and ramifications of it.
Apparently a musician who had lost an arm in an accident, was involved in a project called "The robotic arm project" at Georgia Tech. They invented and developed a robotic arm for him to help him play drums. As with any such project, it attracted others to its potential use. Other musicians used the robotic device as a third arm to play multi instruments not possible before. The announcer also touched on other potential uses for such an extra appendage; "Technicians could use an extra hand to help with repairs and experiments, for example, and it could be used by surgeons, to bring them tools, supplies or even participate in surgeries."
    Back on the road, my mind ran wild with potentials, wonderful, exotic and magical for such technology in telemedicine, telehealth and tele-education. The Georgia Tech engineers are already working on linking the arm’s movements to brain activity. The team is experimenting with an electroencephalogram (EEG) headband that detects a drummer’s brain patterns. They’re hoping to identify patterns that would allow the arm to react when the musician simply thinks about changing tempo or instruments. Now imagine the arm being across the room, across the town or the country for that matter. The brain activities obviously operate the device through a programmable chip that controls the arm. So the relative position of the arm would be irrelevant, as the electronic impulses can operate it anywhere. What if we had two extra arms being used, or three or even several. Now place the arm on a boat and send it up the Amazon to operate on an injured person or someone needing surgery deep in the jungle, or at a remote hospital in a small out of the way place like Timbuktu, or on a spaceship on the way to Mars. Lord, the possibilities are endless. What a magical technological time we live in!Still we must not allow it to get away from us. To see it serve humanity correctly, it must be supervised and used well. Lets hope that our engineers and technologists have the wisdom to develop it for the benefit of mankind and our politicians and regulators have wherewithal to control it thus.
    A wondrous world awaits the user of telemedicine, telehealth and tele-education. I pray to be around to witness some of this magic.


In the News:

Informing Your Lawmaker About Telehealth and Clinical Practice  
Smart ambulances: the hi-tech future of accident and emergency healthcare
EC Research & Innovation
A Challenge In Recruiting Physicians To Rural Areas  
Kaiser Health News
12 states record more than 100% growth in osteopathic physicians  
The DO
Securing a polio-free world video series


 Of Interest:

According to the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) over 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food and water resulting in about 2 million deaths a year. This affects rural part of the world more so than the urban communities.  
     Here is a good link to the historical perspective of nutrition, and understanding of the relationship between food and diseases.


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