Instant Telehealth Service: The Unmanned Micro Clinic

“A Maryland patient with a fever could one day enter a photo booth-like facility and leave with a diagnosis and prescription,”  a recent article published in the Annapolis Capital Gazette business section begins.  For the article, Capital Gazette interviewed gpTRAC’s Zoi Hills, among others, on the MEDEX “Unmanned Micro Clinic.”

The MEDEX Micro Clinic is a portable medical room that allows patients to conduct a variety of medical tests with the assistance of installed and satellite technology.  If users need to speak with medical staff directly, the system is equipped to connect with 24 hour medical centers around the country.  Zoi first saw the Micro Clinic at a demonstration in Minnesota three years ago, when the photo-booth like medical facility was just an idea.

Now, MEDEX is garnering increased support and investments for its Micro Clinics as the global telemedicine market expands. The eventual goal of MEDEX is to have Micro Clinics in supermarkets and airports across the country, providing services at roughly the same price as a routine doctor visit co-pay (~$25).

 

Would you be quick to step into a Micro Clinic?

Read the full article on Capital Gazette and connect with gpTRAC on Twitter to tell us what you think!

Spotted in the News: Regional Tele-ICU at Minneapolis VA

Is it just me, or is there more news popping up every day about advantageous applications of telehealth?  This story, from the front page of the Star Tribune on Feb. 26 gives a look into the operations of the VA Midwest Health Care Network’s recently opened Tele-ICU regional “hub”.  Nicknamed the VA’s “eye in the sky,” the center serves as a control room from which trained critical care nurses and intensivists monitor patients in seven regional hospitals across the Midwest, including Minneapolis (MN), Fargo (ND), Omaha (NE), Iowa City (IA), Des Moines (IA), Fort Meade (SD), and Sioux Falls (SD).  Among the principal advantages noted by nurses and doctors from the center, the Tele-ICU hub allows an increased number of patients to be monitored at once, reduces the need to transfer frail patients to alternate locations, and gives smaller care systems 24/7 access expert advice for complex cases.
Click here to read the Star Tribune article:  “Remote ‘eye in the sky’ keeping tabs on VA hospital patients” or find more information through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.