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Telepresence of surgeons successful in trauma settings

April 8, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and Images by Ashley Gold / FierceHealthIT

A new�study�suggests that telepresence of a remote trauma surgeon could be useful and functional in a trauma setting, with the potential to address staffing shortages in rural and urban trauma care during mass casualty or disaster scenarios.

Published in�Telemedicine and e-Health's�April edition,�researchers from the University of Miami's Lehman Injury Research Center, Division of Trauma and Surgical Care, utilized the Remote Presence-7 robot with real-time, two-way communication between local and remote physicians conducted at a local trauma center.

More than 100 telepresence patient encounters were performed, with high levels of satisfaction reported among both remote and local physicians--92 percent and 79 percent, respectively. Overall, the telemedicine experience was rated as "excellent" or "above average" by 89 percent of local and remote physicians involved, according to the study.

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