Helping Non-Profit Organizations Develop Telemedicine for Remote COVID-19 Treatment
Photos provided by Banner Interview with Jim Roxburgh, CEO of Banner Telehealth
Using technology to reduce strain on the medical system
According to Jim Roxburgh, CEO of Banner Telehealth, “Patients in more than 1,000 emergency wards were closely monitored using only 30 carts. This drastically reduced exposure risks for healthcare staff, while improving operational efficiency.” Wearing the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), such as isolation caps,face shields, masks, protective clothing, and hand and foot coverings, can be arduous and time-consuming. Indeed, it takes experienced workers approximately 5~8 minutes to dress and undress, with additional staff needed to provide assistance. These emergency care telemedicine carts are helping medical staff better manage their time by circumventing the need for PPE,allowing more time for patient care.
Congruously, the pandemic has sharply increased global demand for PPE and made related resources increasingly difficult to obtain.However, with telemedicine carts reducing the need for PPE, Banner Health has been able to better manage medical resources and avoid equipment shortages.
Although mass vaccination campaigns are bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control, Advantech believes ongoing development of telemedicine is key to providing quality medical services. Accordingly, Advantech plans to continue collaborating with partners to co-create innovative solutions that improve public health and well-being.