Telemedicine - Situational Awareness Collaborations Offered
H.E.L.P. has communications, tele-medicine, tele-training, situational awareness/early warning networks and disaster management tools available, all of which can fit into a single backpack. Additionally we are partnering with several universities capable of - and interested in - providing extensive research, study, and white paper generation, This is a strong tool for providing sustainability for these various life-saving efforts.
Many people may understand the general medical benefits of providing telemedicine capabilities in disasters or areas of humanitarian crisis or conflict. The capability of having video/audio communications live with specialists and metro facilities from the most remote areas is becoming well documented. Likewise the numerous medical peripheral devices available allow simultaneous broadcast (along with the audio/video signals) of medical data such as EKG, pulse oximeter, various scopes, etc) provides a very effective virtual medical consult with doctors who could be on the other side of the world, or a short distance from the front lines of a conflict.
However the other benefits this equipment - and the subsequent rapidly deployed networks - provides can truly bring a multitude of benefits to your humanitarian efforts at any location on the planet.
Tele-training (or telementoring) can use the same network links to provide training (medical or otherwise) to these same remote locations. H.E.L.P. is currently working to provide basic nursing training and other similar opportunities to indigenous people half a world away. Additionally, special software tools have been designed by partnering universities to provide Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) tools easily deployed to remote locations.
Our situational awareness and disaster management software tools allow various locations in an effected region to track data such as:
Asset Management - This provides multiple clinics,feeding stations or other aid efforts with other in the same region. As a result, a clinic that just ran out of antibiotics can quickly see where the closest clinic is that may have some to share.
Refugee Migration - Tracking where the migration is headed and providing proactive tools to make the destinati9on location prepared for what is coming there way.
Disease Migrations - Real Time tracking of the spread of various diseases (e.g. Malaria, Dengue Fever, or any disease you want to track).
Early Warning Alerts - The same network also provides a mechanism for alerting neighboring communities/villages/camps that enemy forces are approaching (or impending floods, etc).
Geospatial Mapping/Awareness - Complete mapping capabilities built into the software for tracking on a map all the data listed above.
Real Time Reporting - Imagine having a live video/audio link from your office (or the office of those who support you) direct to the point of need in your projects. Your staff or supporters can see and speak live to staff and/or victims in the field. This is a strong tool for engaging people (churches, foundations, etc.) to see and hear exactly why you do what you do where you do it. Obviously this also speaks well to the continued financial sustainability of your efforts.
These networks can operate from satellite or cell phone infrastructure or can easily be part of a self sustained, solar powered rapidly deployed network where none existed before.
H.E.L.P. has an extensive network of partners ready and willing to come along side, examine your needs and provide you with the tools necessary to pursue grant funding (we have contacts there too) and make your tele-project operational.
I offer these resources here because I have witnessed first-hand many times, through our global humanitarian efforts, how these tools can save lives and reduce suffering. Please contact me if you would like to learn more and/or discuss possible collaborations.
By the way, we are a non-profit agency.
See "What is Telemedicine" at http://www.disasterlogistics.org/?page_id=57