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Remote Medicine: GWU Medical Faculty Treat Antarctica Personnel
Date:2/26/2009

y physicians have practiced "remote" medicine, providing medical support to commercial shipping and fishing vessels, international travelers and cruise lines.

"We can offer patients high quality medical care -- no matter where they are," says Michael Hite, R.N., Director of Remote Medical Programs. "Just as important, we offer continuity of care, because our doctors get to know both the patient and the on-site medical provider. The MFA physicians team with the on-site providers to ensure the best medical care possible, given the limitations of their remote locale."

Medical encounters are recorded in a secure electronic medical record that can be accessed in either D.C. or Antarctica. Since the program was initiated in early 2009, MFA physicians have performed 12 consultations involving specialists in Dermatology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease and Ophthalmology.


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