Read the stories below and take the short quiz. Return your quiz to anyone at our booth and you’ll be entered in the raffle. We will give away one trip on Tuesday (March 6) and two trips each on Wednesday and Thursday (March 7 and 8). Thursday’s raffle drawing is the last, as we select the winners of trips to Brazil and Peru. Must be present at the time of the drawing to receive prize.
White House, Washington, DC
Rarely can a company can claim its product supports the President of the United States (POTUS), but GlobalMed® can claim that distinction. In early 2016, the White House Medical Unit (WHMU) purchased GlobalMed medical stations and peripheral devices to provide high quality care in a private, secure setting. The WHMU treats the POTUS, the Vice President, their families, and visiting international dignitaries. We can truly say that where the POTUS goes, we go.
One success story that shows the value of telemedicine in high profile scenarios is when our Transportable Exam Station® (TES) was used in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Lt. Col James Jones, the physician assistant to the president’s physician and director of the medical evaluation and treatment unit at the White House, was on a three-day detail hiking in Peru. He treated a Secret Service agent and two US students; all three patients suffered from maladies throughout the trip because of the extreme altitude. The Secret Service agent had fluid build-up in his lungs, and one of the students had fluid build-up in her brain, both of which could have been fatal. Lt. Col Jones used the TES and its peripheral devices to evaluate all three patients, and communicate with Walter Reed Medical Center and the National Institute of Health regarding their conditions. Once he stabilized the patients, he coordinated their evacuations and treatments. Lt. Col Jones himself suffered from a viper bite, and the Secret Service detail was instrumental in saving his life. Lt. Col Jones and the Secret Service detail received commendations for their actions during the detail.
Petrobras, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Incorporated in 1953, Petrobras specializes in the petroleum industry. Ranking #58 as a Fortune 500 company, Petrobras produces 2.3 million barrels of oil a day. With tens of thousands of employees under its umbrella, healthcare is essential, especially to those employees located on multiple oil rigs off the coast of the Santos region of Sao Paolo in Brazil. In 2013, GlobalMed® provided Petrobras the solution: telemedicine on their oil rigs. Equipped with the FirstExam™ Station and peripheral devices, and using a Polycom® for videoconferencing, telemedicine provides immediate healthcare and reduces costs of transporting patients unnecessarily off oil rigs to receive treatment. Each day three to four consultations are conducted via telemedicine, and the rate of ambulance helicopter transport has decreased. Due to the success of telemedicine on the oil rigs, Petrobras plans to expand telemedicine to all employee locations.
Aleutian Islands, AK
The Aleutian Islands in Alaska create a unique living environment. Consisting of 14 large volcanic islands and 55 smaller ones, the United States portion of the archipelago is home to approximately 9,000 residents between the East Borough and the Unorganized Borough. A substantial portion of the residents are Native American, and refer to themselves as Unangan and also are known as the “Aleut.” Being an archipelago, healthcare access is a challenge. In 2013, GlobalMed® delivered i8500™ carts fully loaded with peripheral devices and CapSure® software to eight of the Aleutian Islands, complementing an existing telemedicine program with the Alaska Native Medical Center serving as the hub. Using telemedicine, access to evidence-based primary and specialty care is now a reality.