Telemedicine solutions needed for disaster response

Telemedicine solutions needed for disaster response

In an article on HealthcareITNews, Cathy Lester, Health Outcomes Innovation, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, champions for telemedicine solutions in disaster response efforts. 

Lester writes: “Some of the biggest challenges to widespread adoption and use of telemedicine in disaster response are associated with scale and activation – for example, activating medical practitioners during the response-and-recovery effort.

“In the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes, imagine if the state of Texas could have utilized some kind of emergency virtual health activation platform – a combination of distributed ledger technology, virtual care platform and a self-activation portal. Such a platform would have the potential to deliver the benefits of advanced virtual care in disaster scenarios. It would provide a seamless, standardized interface to promote self-activation of healthcare providers powered by advanced security and allowing for on-demand credential verification and reporting. With such a platform, would we have affected patient outcomes? Could we have supported any Americans impacted by disasters in 2018?” Read more.