Telemedicine Device Will Enable Medical Consults to be Performed from Orcadas Antarctic Base
By Ministry of Defense of Argentina December 28, 2016The Ministry of Defense of Argentina, headed by Julio Martínez, reports that a portable diagnostic center, which will allow doctors at the Orcadas Antarctic base to perform remote consults with health professionals from various Naval hospitals, was officially launched at the Naval Hospital Buenos Aires Cirujano Mayor Dr. Pedro Mallo. The new equipment was introduced during an event attended by Naval Hospital and Health Management authorities, as well as doctors and nurses who will participate in the Antarctic Summer Campaign (CAV, per its acronym in Spanish) 2016/17, and who will be part of the crew that will remain for a year at the Orcadas base. The crew will be able to use it during the 2017/2018 campaign. The portable diagnostic center , developed by a company in Argentina, specializing in software and hardware, consists of a portable device that does not exceed three kilograms, and whose purpose is to deliver specific health services to those in remote areas, or in extreme conditions. The device allows a health expert to analyze a 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG), and also measure a patient's heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and temperature. This multi-parameter monitor differs from the traditional ones due to its connectivity. The data collected can be transmitted via Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, or satellite, thus allowing for data from the studies to be sent confidentially, and in real time to different naval hospitals in the face of any emergency, or need for consults. During the presentation, its operation was demonstrated — with the aid of Internet connection — by a doctor and nurse from the Orcadas base who performed an electrocardiogram and then uploaded it. This crew has been using the equipment in test mode since February of this year and, in the next CAV, will receive an enhanced version that will allow the use of new services.