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Telemedicine: Offering Medical Services to All – Hispanics in STEM
By Carmen Cornejo: Hispanic Outreach Coordinator; Principal: Critical Mass Communications, LLC.
Imagine a sick child who lives in a small, remote village in Mexico, away from the specialized medical team that may be able to diagnose and treat a heart problem. Imagine the frustration and desperation of a family who may not have resources to make a trip to a big city and have the child checked by a prestigious cardiologist. Enter Dr. Iglesias who is concerned about delivering expert medical care to many communities thanks to his telemedicine project. He and his team can bring health care to that child and peace of mind to his family by connecting patient and medical services long distance.
Dr. Carlos G. Iglesias is a Mexican physician working in building partnerships with experts in technology fields to bring advanced diagnosis and medical care to remote, isolated communities with his company Tecnologías NeteMedical.
His telemedicine project adapts hardware and software to develop computer stations that can examine patients, manage medical records, take video and photography, connect the remote stations with physicians and hospitals and share information with specialists, all tightly regulated by codes of ethics and protection of privacy. Technologías NeteMedical uses multimedia in high definition to collect patience information in addition to written records to make diagnosis possible.
Dr. Iglesias is determined to bring this way faster access to health care, more choices for patients and high quality health care no matter where the patient is at.
His project has received accolades and awards from US high tech companies like Microsoft and Intel. Here is a video about the project.
“Our telemedicine system can cut costs in an unbelievable way,” explains Dr. Carlos Iglesias. “You can very quickly connect a trained medical specialist with a sick patient anywhere that patient might be, even when that patient is in a remote village. You can have top specialists attending the patient immediately.”
NeteMedical software has been developed by a Mexican experts, like Dr. Iglesias and Rodrigo Diaz Concha founder of a Guadalajara-based firm that specializes in advance technological research, among others.
Right now Tecnologías NeteMedical is working to make the diagnosis stations even more portable with the integration of tablets and even smart phones to the system, in addition to finding new applications for other medical markets in developed countries.
His products are already being used in Mexico and Tecnologías NeteMedical are in negotiations to bring the telemedicine products to Guatemala, Africa and Brazil.
For more information about this interesting STEM project, click here.