Monthly Archives: October 2015

Telemedicine At Sea

In International Shipping News

ClipperTelemed+ offers advanced telemedicine services 24/7 from emergency physicians to crew members of merchant ships, super yachts, and individual yachtsmen.  Recently ClipperTelemed+ assisted 2 crewmembers aboard yachts racing around the world.  The first patient was a 68 year old made suffering from symptoms that were suggestive of a possible heart attack, however, after consultation with the telemedicine service, he was treated for heat exhaustion and was able to continue the race.  The second patient suffered a large arm wound. The telemedicine physician was able to guide other members of the crew on stitching and setting the injury.

In both instances, a diversion and medical evacuation was avoided. The physicians can help diagnose and treat anything from broken bones to infections, collapsed lungs, dislocated shoulders and abdominal injuries while giving advice on using/administering medicine from the on board kit they also provide.

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Cleveland Clinic Offers New Telemedicine App

Ron Hurtibise

The Cleveland Clinic recently announced a service called MyCare Online which gives patients the ability to see medical professionals any time of the day. The visits can take place on any device including computer, tablet or smartphone. The cost of a 10 minute visit is $49.

The most common conditions that can be diagnosed and treated include bronchitis, asthma, cough and cold, earaches, allergies, sinus infections, rashes, urinary infections and yeast infections. “The way we deliver services is rapidly evolving and technology allows us to make access to healthcare more convenient,” said J. Gregory Rosencrance MD, chairman of internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic Florida, in the news release. If an emergency happens at night or on a weekend, “patients can be seen and treated instantly or advised to go to the hospital for further treatment.”

The Cleveland Clinic is partnering with American Well. American Well is a large national provider of telemedicine services with alliances with many large insurers and medical providers.