Teletrauma Services Allows for Trauma Surgeon to see Patients in Remote Hospitals
Teletrauma Services allows expert trauma surgeons to consult with ER docs in remote areas via two-way videoconfencing, using something as simple as an iPod Touch, which cost the princely sum of $227, retail.
Dr. Raphael Grossman MD of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, is currently working on a pilot program employing this technology, and he raves about it. He says, “using an inexpensive handheld device, to consult about acute trauma patients. Extending the virtual presence of a specialist over a vast area instantaneously, at a very low cost; improving patient care and increasing the efficiency of the trauma system. Overcoming the high demand for a shortage of specialists in rural areas” (SOURCE)
See this talk he gave about this service to better understand the concept, and its place in trauma centers: