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Reports from University of Arizona Add New Data to Findings in Telemedicine (Smartphone Surgery: How Technology Can Transform Practice)

July 30, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Investigators publish new report on Health and Medicine. According to news reporting originating in Tucson, Arizona, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Rural trauma care has been regarded as being the 'challenge for the next decade.'' Trauma patients in rural areas face more struggles than their urban counterparts because of the absence of specialized trauma care, delay in providing immediate care to trauma victims, and longer transport times to reach a trauma center. Telemedicine is a promising tool for facilitating rural trauma care."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Arizona, "This stellar tool creates a real-time link between a remotely located specialist and the local healthcare provider, especially during the initial management of the trauma patient, involving resuscitation and even intubation. However, the high cost of purchasing, setting up, and maintaining all the needed equipment has made telemedicine an expensive proposition for rural hospitals, which frequently have limited budgets. But recently, new improvements in communication technology have made smartphones an indispensable part of daily life, even in rural areas. These devices have great potential to improve patient care and enhance medical education because of their wide adoption and ease of use."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "In this article, we describe our initial teletrauma experience and the effect of smartphone implementation in patient care and medical education at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson."

For more information on this research see: Smartphone Surgery: How Technology Can Transform Practice. Telemedicine and e-Health, 2014;20(6):590-592. Telemedicine and e-Health can be contacted at: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc, 140 Huguenot Street, 3RD Fl, New Rochelle, NY 10801, USA. (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. -; Telemedicine and e-Health -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting B. Zangbar, University of Arizona, Dept. of Surg, Div Trauma Crit Care Acute Care Surg & Burns, Tucson, AZ 85724, United States. Additional authors for this research include V. Pandit, P. Rhee, H. Aziz, A. Hashmi, R.S. Friese, R. Weinstein and B. Joseph.

Keywords for this news article include: Tucson, Arizona, United States, North and Central America, Health and Medicine, Surgery, Technology

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Source: Journal of Engineering

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