TransportAV allows for remote physician participation in real time during transport
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Scottsdale, Ariz.-based GlobalMedia, an innovator of video imaging and visual communications solutions used in the practice of telemedicine, announced today that it will unveil the newest addition to its product line, the TransportAV, at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Las Vegas April 26-28. The new product, a portable medical consultation system that operates in real-time, is the latest technological communications solution for hospitals, rural clinics, physicians and nurses.
"GlobalMedia is always striving to provide the best in technology advances for the medical community," said Joel E. Barthelemy, managing director for GlobalMedia. "TransportAV is going to take ambulatory and emergency room care to the next level in healthcare."
Mounted on a stretcher, TransportAV allows for medical consultation from the field directly to the clinic or hospital where a patient is being transported. With the TransportAV, the remote doctor has the ability to control all aspects of the consult. The system features a military-grade touch-screen PC, a 3G Aircard, a controllable camera, echo canceling microphone, a ClearSteth(TM) Stethoscope, a TotalExam(TM) examination camera, and a Bluetooth wireless keyboard with headset for private conversations. All of this is designed into an adjustable, compact unit that can be mounted on a stretcher.
TransportAV is the brainchild of Dr. Hamilton P. Schwartz, director of Emergency Services at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). It evolved from a personal experience between him and his family wanting to communicate via web cams on laptops in the car. Dr. Schwartz and his wife, who also works at CCHMC, talked about ways to expand that concept to patient care. After months of research, they found GlobalMedia, whose designers and engineers brought Dr. Schwartz's vision to life.
"From my perspective, it is the only device of its kind on the market and will certainly help push health care technology forward," said Dr. Schwartz. "As the first in the world to purchase the TransportAV, CCHMC will equip four ambulances with the equipment allowing us to significantly increase the level of patient care."
It operates for hours on a single battery charge and weighs approximately 30 lbs, (13Kg). All devices included with the TransportAV attach to most any stretcher; its built-in pneumatic lift allows for the unit to be high enough above the situation and can easily enter the transport vehicle without getting in the way while in its compact position. The unit also detaches from the stretcher and can be mounted to a mobile cart at the scene or in the trauma center allowing the EMTs to answer their next call.
Return on investment can be significant for organizations purchasing the device. TransportAV affords a marked benefit to the patient because it allows a physician to extend their reach and to participate in the care of a patient in the back of an ambulance -- or at the incident scene -- without the physician physically being there. It is tantamount to having a physician or sub-physician at the patient's bedside. This means a transport patient can have access to doctors with specific disciplines such as a preemie doctor or a respiratory specialist - even before arriving at the hospital.
"TransportAV allows many additional benefits to organizations purchasing the equipment," added Barthelemy. "If an emergency team is transporting a patient from a community hospital to a mega-hospital, the mega-hospital is prepared to give the appropriate level of care immediately upon arrival because a high level of care started early in the transport process. This is not only cost efficient and effective, but it will help save lives."
TransportAV is very user-friendly and GlobalMedia will customize the units to each hospital's needs. An individual can be proficient in the 'operation' of the entire unit in as soon as 45 minutes. The learning curve is not very steep because the patient transport personnel have been talking to ER physicians over the phone for years - but certainly not with the degree of sophistication and use of real-time TV-like images that TransportAV affords.
For a demonstration of TransportAV, visit GlobalMedia at booths 401 during the 2009 American Telemedicine Association's National Meeting. Real time telemedicine demonstrations will be happening at both of GlobalMedia's booths: 401 & 1301. Visit www.globalmedia.com for more information.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based GlobalMedia manufactures and sells telemedicine solutions that provide superior image quality, unmatched versatility and unsurpassed simplicity for the healthcare industry. GlobalMedia's camera, image management, store-and-forward, videoconferencing and video streaming technologies enable leading pathologists, dermatologists, pediatricians, neurologists, surgeons and other caregivers to be more effective in providing patient care, and more productive and efficient in managing patient information. Products include TotalExam(TM) camera, the most versatile and easy to use exam camera on the market; and CapSure(R) store-and-forward imaging and image management software, which provides automated workflow capabilities for seamless integration into video conferencing systems. GlobalMedia is currently providing free grant writing consultation and application assistance to health care providers and professionals seeking their share of billions in economic stimulus dollars. For more information visit the company website at www.GlobalMedia.com or call (480) 922-0044.
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