Duane Boise Florida and an EMED EMT is testing in-route transmission of patient conditions to hospital doctors who are monitoring the situation via tablet or desktop computer.

emedjetpic5EMED, Jamaica’s premier ground, air ambulance and medical assistance company, today announced that it is providing transportation to hospitals and other healthcare sites throughout the Caribbean region, utilizing video telemedicine technology as an experiment in an effort to provide better care for patients.

“EMED offers an integrated air ambulance, ground ambulance and medical assistance service program. EMED offers services for local Jamaicans, United State citizens and Canadian citizens who are vacationing in the Caribbean and are in need of emergency medical assistance. EMED uses sophisticated technology solutions which allow health data to get to EMED’s care providers within the critical time period needed to result in a positive patient outcome,” said Duane Boise, the company’s President and CEO.

With EMED’s already advanced patient transportation capabilities, the venture with video telemedicine technology does not come as a surprise. The company will be installing a 911 emergency button in its websites allowing for an EMT, nurse and patient, all to be connected by way of the Internet. This will allow EMED EMT’s to transmit live video and audio from an ambulance to a doctor in an emergency who will be able to watch the video stream on a tablet or desktop computer.

Virtual medical exams where doctors in distant locations evaluate patients online are nothing new. Video consultations have traditionally connected patients in rural areas to specialists at urban medical centers. EMED offers the potential to expand video interactions into all corners of the health care industry due to its mobility.

Plans are set to begin testing the video telemedicine platform with Health City in Cayman Islands later this month. The EMED telemedicine platform that will be sending the patient information to a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider is HIPPA compliant with an advanced encryption technology that protects the privacy of the patients personal health information.

“EMED also has created a virtual waiting room which will be integrated into its websites so patients can securely talk face to face with a member of the EMED care team, at any time, through any smart phone, tablet or computer.” says, Bipin Thomas, EMED’s Chief Technology Officer.

This new EMED experimental video telemedicine technology allows EMED’s doctors and nurses to provide care to many Caribbean citizens living in rural areas without easy access to medical centers. A recent study released by a US based health care system reported that; Home telehealth services reduced hospital admissions by 35% and further reduced bed days of care by 59%. This potentially could reduce the accident and emergency room long waiting periods for the Jamaican public health care system, and also reduce the spreading of germs.

In the near future EMED will be adding a remote patient monitoring system for patients to use at their home.  This will keep patients linked to the EMED care team allowing for updated health information to be transmitted.  It also will help stem the spread of infectious diseases and virus’s.

AIR AMBULANCE JAMAICADuane Boise Florida and An EMED EMT is testing in-route transmission of patient conditions to hospital doctors who are monitoring the situation via tablet or desktop computer.

EMED, Jamaica’s premier ground, air ambulance and medical assistance company, today announced that it is providing transportation to hospitals and other healthcare sites throughout the Caribbean region, utilizing video telemedicine technology as an experiment in an effort to provide better care for patients.

“EMED offers an integrated air ambulance, ground ambulance and medical assistance service program. EMED offers services for local Jamaicans, United State citizens and Canadian citizens who are vacationing in the Caribbean and are in need of emergency medical assistance. EMED uses sophisticated technology solutions which allow health data to get to EMED’s care providers within the critical time period needed to result in a positive patient outcome,” said Duane Boise, the company’s President and CEO.

With EMED’s already advanced patient transportation capabilities, the venture with video telemedicine technology does not come as a surprise. The company will be installing a 911 emergency button in its websites allowing for an EMT, nurse and patient, all to be connected by way of the Internet. This will allow EMED EMT’s to transmit live video and audio from an ambulance to a doctor in an emergency who will be able to watch the video stream on a tablet or desktop computer.

Virtual medical exams where doctors in distant locations evaluate patients online are nothing new. Video consultations have traditionally connected patients in rural areas to specialists at urban medical centers. EMED offers the potential to expand video interactions into all corners of the health care industry due to its mobility.

Plans are set to begin testing the video telemedicine platform with several international hospitals in the Caribbean Islands later this month. The EMED telemedicine platform that will be sending the patient information to a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider is HIPPA compliant with an advanced encryption technology that protects the privacy of the patients personal health information.

“EMED also has created a virtual waiting room which will be integrated into its websites so patients can securely talk face to face with a member of the EMED care team, at any time, through any smart phone, tablet or computer.” says, Jason La Burke, EMED’s Chief Technology Officer.

This new EMED experimental video telemedicine technology allows EMED’s doctors and nurses to provide care to many Caribbean citizens living in rural areas without easy access to medical centers. A recent study released by a US based health care system reported that; Home telehealth services reduced hospital admissions by 35% and further reduced bed days of care by 59%. This potentially could reduce the accident and emergency room long waiting periods for the Jamaican public health care system, and also reduce the spreading of germs.

In the near future EMED will be adding a remote patient monitoring system for patients to use at their home. This will keep patients linked to the EMED care team allowing for updated health information to be transmitted. It also will help stem the spread of infectious diseases and virus’s.

EMED Global Jamaica  Ltd. (EMED), the Jamaican ground and air ambulance evacuation service, has launched a website that will see persons across the globe gaining access to medical services here in Jamaica while being able to chat directly with local doctors online.
According to its creators, one aim is to get persons to come to Jamaica to seek health care, which, despite the challenges, is among the best in the world, according to Duane Boise, president/CEO of Emedical Global Jamaica.
Boise told the Observer, at an exclusive demonstration of the website last Thursday, that this is intended to boost the country’s fledgling health tourism sector.
“This dynamic mobile health solution lets its members connect to the health information and local care they need, when they need it, by providing first-aid information, searchable health topics, a symptom navigator, a GPS-enabled local health-care search that includes doctors, hospitals, urgent care, retail clinics and pharmacies, and even information about exclusive EMED member discounts,” Boise said.

The company said the website, www.emedlifeline.com has all the benefits of Facebook.
Boise explained: “It is the only medical/social website for Jamaica. Persons can join up, add friends, put up profiles, chat to each other. It has a media blog, just about everything that Facebook does, while also building a network with specialists.”
The website was launched in collaboration with EMED Healthcare Technologies, a leading supplier of on-demand software and e-commerce services to the international health-care and insurance industry.

Version two of the application, which will come on stream shortly, is expected to allow patients to visit an online appointment centre and connect to their doctors, make appointments, while also accessing pharmaceuticals.
“EMED realizes that the ability to immediately search for physicians via mobile devices gave it the opportunity to provide a better member experience,” Boise said. “Members could quickly and conveniently take a more active role in their own health, as well as more easily find ground ambulances, air ambulances, physicians, and hospital facilities. A mobile connection to members would also give EMED the opportunity to gain a more intimate understanding of their members in order to customise messaging according to specific member needs.”
Medical director of Emedical Global Jamaica, Dr Neville JohnsonDuane Boise Florida Medical Team EMED, said the website would be of significant benefit to Jamaican clients.
“Getting immediate access to the most frequently needed first-aid information categorised into four areas — emergency ground ambulance, emergency air ambulance evacuation, symptom diagnosis and minor injuries and poisoning — even without a wireless connection, is great for Jamaicans.”
EMED presently serves the Caribbean through the company’s ground and air ambulance/health-care benefits business and, according to Boise:
“As the market leader in the emergency ground and air ambulance service and group benefit market, mobile solutions like this help us flex our innovation muscle, enabling us to deliver a better user experience to our members,” Boise said.

Rea Chin Bowen is an 11 year old Jamaican girl who has been faced with a journey that no child deserves. She has had 3 major surgeries in the past 6 weeks and is still in a critical state. The local Jamaican hospital has categorically stated that they are no longer able to provide her with the emergency care that she needs right now. EMED, Jamaica’s air and ground ambulance company provided emergency medical evacuation services to save Rea. The family is in need of funds to pay for her treatment expenses at a Florida hospital that can hopefully increase her chances at survival.

The first surgery involved the removal of her ovary which was completely devoured by a tumor which was partially cancerous at stage 1 grade 2. The 2nd surgery came just 1 week later with the clearing of an intestinal blockage and the removal of the omentum. With further surgery complications such as adhesions on the intestines, inability to eat solid food for weeks, significant weight loss and general deterioration of the body. The 3rd surgery started with the hope to complete an intestinal bypass via the duodenum. However, they discovered further masses on the intestines.

EMED was the only hope to have her transferred to a hospital that was properly equipped with a competent paediatric hematology and oncology unit. Please help us to get her the medical assistance that she needs to live.

EMED GROUND AND AIR AMBULANCE TEAM PROVIDES EMERGENCY SERVICES

EMED GROUND AND AIR AMBULANCE TEAM PROVIDES EMERGENCY SERVICES

Despite what some might lead you to believe, the future of healthcare will not be driving your car to your next doctor’s appointment. It will be logging into a website or mobile app for a video consult with your team of healthcare providers from your home. Experts estimate that there are more than one billion physician consults in the United States each year and more than 50 percent of them could be done online. Telemedicine is in its infancy and will fundamentally change the structure of society in the United States as we know it.

Here are five trends to be on the lookout for as telemedicine evolves in the future:

1. The Global Obesity Epidemic:

One out of three Jamaicans are obese and another third are overweight. Obesity and being overweight are risk factors for the most preventable conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The current Jamaican healthcare system has failed miserably to address this epidemic. As this trend continues, technology companies will step in and obese patients will be prescribed digital therapeutics such as online wellness coaching with a registered dietitian who will monitor their exercise, sleep, and nutrition data from their Apple iWatch.

2. Integration of Real-Time Wearable Device Data With Video Consults:

More than 90 million wearable devices will be shipped to consumers in 2014. This lifestyle data will be integrated into centralized locations such as Apple’s Health Kit. EMED services will integrate wearable device data into wellness and telehealth portals. Users will be able to do video consults with their healthcare providers while screen sharing, exercise, nutrition, sleep, and other types of data transmitted from their wearable devices. Online health coaching programs will use wearable devices and video consults to address the global obesity epidemic and help people live a healthier lifestyle.

3. Enhancement of Hardware in Wearable Technologies:

Software companies such as EMEDHEALTHTECHNOLOGY.com will act as centralized hubs for telehealth and wearable device data. As wearable devices become more advanced, it will make online wellness software more robust. For example, technology which is coming out this year will analyze your liquid decisions in real time – beer, water, wine, or coke will all be recorded in the cloud. New devices will allow you to perform urinalysis at home. Exercise sensors will be embedded in clothing such as Ralph Lauren’s new wearable fitness shirt. WiFi cooking boards will measure your food by weight as you cook. Wearables will help us live the healthiest lifestyle possible and enables health coaches to steer us in the right direction with the data they collect.

4. Adoption of Lifestyle Medicine in Primary Care:

In June 2012, the American Medical Association adopted a resolution that called for all physicians to “acquire and apply the 15 clinical competencies of lifestyle medicine, and offer evidence-based lifestyle medicine interventions as the first and primary more of preventing and, when appropriate, treating chronic disease with clinical medicine.” This provides an enormous opportunity for primary care physicians to use wearable devices to monitor the diet, exercise, sleep, weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, and other types of data using wearable devices. In the future, primary care physicians will each have a health coach in their practice to monitor the wearable device data of their patients and do telehealth consults.

6. Big Data and Machine Learning:

The current approach to obesity is a one-size-fits-all model. In the future, wearable sensors will feed into a centralized personal health record and will make algorithmic recommendations to your lifestyle such as exercising more on the weekend and making dietary recommendations. Computer science will assist healthcare providers with making real-time lifestyle recommendations to patients on a daily basis.

‘Virtual’ Health Care and The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has prompted changes in the U.S. health insurance system that has both employers and employees focused on costs. Encouraging employees to take control of some of their health care decisions keeps them involved in the process, and “virtual” health care initiatives can help employers and employees control costs by providing answers to noncritical questions quickly and remotely, via online portals, apps or other remote technologies.

Cost containment is one of the big factors pushing technological initiatives in health benefits, says Duane Boise, president and chief executive officer of the EMED division of health technology, which oversees emedhealthtechnology.com, the company’s telemedicine initiative. In addition, employee productivity has helped pique interest in high-tech solutions for getting answers to medical questions.

“When we look at our staff, it’s clear how many days we save in productivity when we have a medical question and ask the doctor online and not have to lose time taking off work,” Boise explains. “If you look at why patients go to see doctors, it’s because they’re not sure if they have something that’s problematic. With EMED telemedicine, they can take a picture of what’s bothering them, send it and get an answer within the hour.” Technology has been making advances in health care for some time, Boise says, but it’s only recently that it’s been helping patients manage their own health. “The emergence of the electronic medical record (EMR) has made it easy to track and bill, but it doesn’t really help the patient. EMR isn’t telemedicine, it’s just tracking.”

But now telemedicine is moving from tracking patients through the system to focusing on innovations such as online care plans, where a specialist can view a patient’s personal health record and suggest things to improve that patient’s lifestyle or treatment from anywhere with Internet access. Another option is a curbside consultation, where someone with an injury may need to see a specialist, but instead of waiting for months, they can get an appointment at a nearby doctor and get an answer the same day. “It takes the burden off the health care system,” Boise says. “Employers who provide a service similar to EMED TELEMEDICINE can give employees a chance to take care of their own health issues.
People leave work when they’re worried about family members who aren’t feeling well and might need medication,” Boise says. “They’re looking for answers about their children, especially if they’re a new parent.” “An employee who needs to leave for an earache and have it examined at a clinic may be gone for three hours,” Boise says. “But by using our EMED TELEMEDICINE SERVICE, the employee can log in from work and ask about the problem online. While the doctor still might have the employee come in for an exam, it can cut down on ‘what if’ appointments that aren’t necessary.
The ROI is much higher when you factor in something like lost work days.” “Employees see a lot of value in personalized medical advice,” Boise says, and “it can help minimize the unnecessary use of over-the-counter medicines and other services. Having access to medical information and advice no matter where people are can also provide peace of mind when traveling or relocating.”

876-312-1119 OR 876-275-1119 EMED Jamaica Global Ltd.(EMED), Jamaica’s premier ground & air ambulance company today announced that it has entered into a multi year agreement with Health City Cayman Islands. (www.airambulancecaymans.com) Last week, EMED signed an agreement to bridge the link between American health care, Jamaican health care and Health City Cayman Islands to deliver high-quality, affordable health care by utililizing ground ambulance, air ambulance, medical concierge services and technology solutions. Last year, more than 2,000 attendees from around the world gathered under a large tent to celebrate the opening of a new 104-bed hospital. Why all the fuss? Because this new facility is the work of Narayana Health chairman and India’s most renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Devi Shetty. As EMED makes this announcement other announcements were also recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and the widely cited Harvard Business School case study. Narayana is internationally regarded as a low-cost, high-quality health care provider. Its newest hospital, Health City Cayman Islands, is the organization’s first development outside of India. It has American health care providers watching closely and anxiously. EMED JAMAICA Positions To Deliver Quality Care To JAMAICA At the end of 2013, Narayana Health was operating 18 hospitals across 14 cities in India. With a laser focus on efficiency and quality, the average Narayana cardiac hospital performs 40 heart surgeries a day for less than $1,600 a case. That’s about 2 percent of the average heart surgery cost in the U.S. with outcomes that rival the best American facilities. With the first phase of the Cayman Island hospital now completed, Dr. Shetty plans to expand Health City Cayman Islands to 2,000 beds over the next decade. And both his vision and strategy extend well beyond this Caribbean destination. In the United States, there is about 1 hospital bed per 333 people. The Grand Cayman Island has about 50,000 residents. When Dr. Shetty completes his expansion plans, his newest hospital will feature 1 bed per 25 Grand Cayman residents. It doesn’t take a heart surgeon to see Dr. Shetty is thinking way beyond the Caymans. Given the hospital’s close proximity to Miami and Jamaica, Duane Boise EMED’s CEO is planning to attract patients through out the Caribbean region and from the United States. That would certainly explain why Health City is building a 5-star hotel next door with a foot bridge connecting the two world-class structures. Today, Health City Cayman Islands focuses on cardiac and total joint surgery, cancer care and transplant services. Plans are already underway to construct an international medical school and a variety of high-quality residency training programs. He expects this facility to become a global academic medical center and a destination for the best medical school graduates. Some Jamaican health facilities may scoff at the idea that people will travel to Health City. But Dr. Shetty can match the performance of his hospitals in India, his vision is becoming a reality sooner than they imagine. Already, the Cayman Island’s business-friendly government has allowed Dr. Shetty to move ahead with development much more rapidly than he ever could in Jamaica and the U.S. Dr. Shetty’s Strategy: Charge Less, Treat More In this new Cayman Islands facility, Dr. Shetty will charge less than half the average U.S. price for surgical procedures with quality outcomes that match or exceed the very best U.S. hospitals. His approach to cost cutting is not based on paying lower wages. The Cayman Islands enjoy a similar standard of living and wage structure as the U.S. And he won’t be purchasing inferior supplies or medical implants. Nor will he use shabby construction or outdated technologies. In fact, his approach is just the opposite. Dr. Shetty buys only the best heart valves and orthopedic implants. He invests heavily in state-of-the-art medical and information technologies. And his construction team tested the new hospital’s windows for hurricane conditions by battering them with two-by-fours, launched at over 100 miles per hour. How then could he possibly reach this level of cost and quality? His approach builds on his personal passion for quality, a fervor for operational excellence and a commitment to technology. The Power Of Purpose And Vision Boise reiterating that human life should not be determined by a price.(www.airambulancejamaica.com) “One hundred years after the first heart procedure was performed, only 10 percent of the world can afford to have one,” he said. “We can and must do better. The future cannot be just an extension of the past. It must embrace new technology, implement innovative approaches and aim higher than people thought possible before.” The same is true for hospitals. A facility that offers very few advanced procedures today can quickly leapfrog world-leading hospitals because – instead of slowly replacing old technologies – they can immediately implement sophisticated, modern technologies and cherry-pick the most innovative operational designs. “Health care affordability will not come from the United States or any of the current world leaders, but rather from those nations of the world that have little today and have no choice but to perform at the highest levels possible in the future,” he said. How Dr. Shetty Achieves High Quality At Lower Costs So, what’s his secret? Dr. Shetty and Narayana Health incorporate a four-part blend of sophisticated technology and economies of scale to deliver exceptional quality while managing costs: 1. Utilizing real-time data Patient care at Health City Cayman Islands is supported by state-of-the-art technology that uses a robust electronic medical record (EMR) system to augment clinical care. http://www.emedhealthtechnolgy.com Doctors and nurses access the encrypted information through Bluetooth-enabled devices as they make their rounds. These devices allow patients to communicate with doctors and nurses from anywhere in the hospital while also staying connected with their loved ones far away. A central care area with four large wall-mounted computer screens allows physicians to continually monitor patients. Three of the screens offer video monitoring of individual patients along with their comprehensive medical data. The fourth screen shows real-time performance metrics across the medical center, paying particular attention to medical care delays. 2. Eliminating medical care delays According to Duane Boise, time is the enemy of quality and cost savings. “When patients have potentially life-threatening problems EMED ground and air ambulance has the ability to provide emergency ambulance services to Jamaicans in need because their health deteriorates with every passing minute,” he said. Doctors can minimize this deterioration by responding rapidly when unexpected clinical findings surface. This allows the patient to recover much faster and reduces the total cost of care. You might think every hospital would do this, but that isn’t the case. To heighten the hospital’s focus on rapid response, Health City Cayman Islands has entered into the agreement with EMED to bridge the link allowing quick access for significant medical problems. EMED’s new telemedicine system improves the speed of response. Once the telemedicine contact begins, the system documents the time it takes for physicians and nurses to respond appropriately. The hospital-wide average time for an appropriate response in Health City Cayman Islands is seven minutes. In the typical Jamaican and U.S. hospital, this time delay is not measured. A best guess would yield 30 minutes during the day and as long as an hour at night. As Duane Boise states, “These delays mean prolonged hospital stays, increased medical complications and even death.” The result is productivity double that of the typical U.S. hospital. What Does This Mean For Health Care? “The future is in front of them, but they can’t see it,”stated Dr. Shetty. Based on everything Boise saw in the Cayman Islands Health City is about 10 years ahead of those used in the typical U.S. hospital. It may take a decade for Health City Cayman Islands to complete the 2,000 bed construction and attract the volume of patients necessary to fill each bed. But if I were the CEO of a hospital in Florida, I would be rushing to match his outstanding clinical outcomes and low prices today. Once Health City Cayman Islands is fully operational and filled to capacity, it will be too late. About EMED GLOBAL JAMAICA, Ltd. EMED, provides secure and easy-to-use online EMED ALERT Personal Health Records (“PHRs”) and electronic safe storage solutions, serving consumers, healthcare professionals, employers, insurance companies, financial institutions, and professional organizations. The EMED ALERT PHR enables individuals and families to access their medical records and other important documents, such as birth certificates, passports, insurance policies and wills, anytime from anywhere using the Internet. The EMED ALERT PHR is built on proprietary, patented technologies to allow documents, images and messages to be transmitted and stored in the electronic medical record platform to populate a user’s account. The Company’s professional offering, EMED ALERT®, is designed to give physicians’ offices an easy and cost-effective solution to digitizing paper based medical records and sharing them with patients in real time through an integrated patient portal. To learn more about EMED, and its products, visit www.EMEDHEALTHTECHNOLOGY.COM JAMAICA AIR AMBULANCE, headquartered in Kingston,Jamaica, supports operations throughout the Caribbean as well as in Kingston, Montego Bay,Negril, Ocho Rios, Portland, and Manchester Jamaica. EMED provides emergency ground, air medical transport services fixed-wing aircraft, medical assistance and has performed most all air ambulance missions in Jamaica since its inception in 2009. EMED has been recognized by the Medical Association of Jamaica, and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit www.airambulancejamaica.com For Emergency Air or Ground Ambulance call EMED 275-1119

EMED JAMAICA GLOBAL LTD. HOSTS WEBINAR ON CHICKUNGUNYA

20 Jan 2015

EMED JAMAICA GLOBAL LTD. HOSTS WEBINAR ON CHICKUNGUNYA

EMED Jamaica Global Ltd.(EMED), Jamaica’s premier ground & air ambulance company invites you to join them and the Global Virus Network Experts for a Webinar on Chickungunya, on Tuesday January 27, 2015 at 1pm.

CLICK HERE FOR WEBINAR:
http://www.ust-global.com/en/index.php/global-virus-network-january-27-2015

Duane Boise – President of EMED Jamaica stated that “two of the World’s Top Experts on Chickungunya, Dr. Scott Weaver of the University of Texas Medical Center and Dr. Marc LeCuit of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France will provide updates on the status of the epidemic, the likely spread of the virus, the latest research on vaccines and treatments. Both Dr’s will be available to answer questions about the outbreaks and the ongoing impact to business, travel and commerce”.

It will be an engaging and informative webinar and EMED hopes everyone will be able to join in and get the latest updates on research, vaccines, and answers to your questions to protect yourselves and your loved ones.  Global Virus Network (GVN.org) is a coalition of the world’s leading medical virologists working together to prevent illness and death from viral disease.

Chickungunya (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus that causes high fever and severe, often chronic joint pain.  In late 2013 it emerged in the Americas for the first time and has since spread rapidly throughout the region, infecting more than 1 million in the Caribbean and North, South, and Central America.  CHICKV is very debilitating and has caused significant workplace disruptions in a number of the Countries hardest hit by the outbreak, with large percentages of the labor force missing work due to the symptoms related to the virus.

EMED is a Jamaican-based company that facilitates access to affordable healthcare solutions through out the Caribbean, Central and South America. It provides air ambulance evacuation, ground ambulance services and healthcare services, healthcare technology solutions, employer/employee benefit plans, medical marketing and promotional activities, continuity of care, and case management services as part of the end-to-end solution that it provides. “We are committed to ensuring our Jamaican and Caribbean members have access to internationally recognized high quality and professional services by our partners.” said EMED’s President Duane Boise.

For more information please visit http://www.airambulancejamaica.com.  EMED serves the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Jamaica’s largest trade union comprised of mostly government workers, CPJ, the Caribbean’s largest food distribution company, many international spa resort hotels employees and tourist, and most recently The Tryall Club, one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts.

For Emergency Air or Ground Ambulance call EMED 275-1119.

 

EMED JAMAICA Uses Video Telemedicine Technology While Transporting Patients An EMED EMT is testing in-route transmission of patient conditions to hospital doctors who are monitoring the situation via tablet or desktop computer.

EMED, Jamaica’s premier ground, air ambulance and medical assistance company, today announced that it is providing transportation to hospitals and other healthcare sites throughout the Caribbean region, utilizing video telemedicine technology as an experiment in an effort to provide better care for patients. “EMED offers an integrated air ambulance, ground ambulance and medical assistance service program. EMED offers services for local Jamaicans, United State citizens and Canadian citizens who are vacationing in the Caribbean and are in need of emergency medical assistance. EMED uses sophisticated technology solutions which allow health data to get to EMED’s care providers within the critical time period needed to result in a positive patient outcome,” said Duane Boise, the company’s President and CEO.

With EMED’s already advanced patient transportation capabilities, the venture with video telemedicine technology does not come as a surprise. The company will be installing a 911 emergency button in its websites allowing for an EMT, nurse and patient, all to be connected by way of the Internet. This will allow EMED EMT’s to transmit live video and audio from an ambulance to a doctor in an emergency who will be able to watch the video stream on a tablet or desktop computer. Virtual medical exams where doctors in distant locations evaluate patients online are nothing new. Video consultations have traditionally connected patients in rural areas to specialists at urban medical centers.

EMED offers the potential to expand video interactions into all corners of the health care industry due to its mobility. Plans are set to begin testing the video telemedicine platform with Health City in Cayman Islands later this month. The EMED telemedicine platform that will be sending the patient information to a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider is HIPPA compliant with an advanced encryption technology that protects the privacy of the patients personal health information. “EMED also has created a virtual waiting room which will be integrated into its websites so patients can securely talk face to face with a member of the EMED care team, at any time, through any smart phone, tablet or computer.” says, Bipin Thomas, EMED’s Chief Technology Officer.

This new EMED experimental video telemedicine technology allows EMED’s doctors and nurses to provide care to many Caribbean citizens living in rural areas without easy access to medical centers. A recent study released by a US based health care system reported that; Home telehealth services reduced hospital admissions by 35% and further reduced bed days of care by 59%. This potentially could reduce the accident and emergency room long waiting periods for the Jamaican public health care system, and also reduce the spreading of germs. In the near future EMED will be adding a remote patient monitoring system for patients to use at their home. This will keep patients linked to the EMED care team allowing for updated health information to be transmitted. It also will help stem the spread of infectious diseases and virus’s.

With healthcare institutions throughout the world increasingly stressed, the wealthy are regularly not inclined to rely on these public systems at Cornwall Regional– at least not in the ways the masses rely on them. Instead, the wealthy are more and more able and likely to pay for a higher if not always exceptional standard of care. The term for this is EMED concierge healthcare.

There are four basis models of EMED concierge healthcare. The most basic version is “EMED travel medical assistance.” An example of this is the number you call on the back of yourEMED MEMBERSHIP card connecting you to an operator to help with EMED ground & air ambulance Jamaica evacuations and access to a database of foreign physicians and hospitals. “EMED Private health advisories” – another version – adds on services such as comprehensive individualized physical exams, electronic medical records, access to second opinions and helps with complex disease management. A third variation is the “EMED private physician practice.” This is essentially a doctor on an annual retainer to provide rapid call backs and a higher level of personal interaction.

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The most comprehensive form of concierge healthcare is referred to as the “total care platform.” It’s the Rolls Royce model of medical care that includes all the services already noted plus a number of additional ones such as custom medical contingency plans and calendared longevity plans. The most compelling and personally tangible additional service these concierge healthcare providers deliver is immediate routine and emergency EMED telemedicine diagnosis and treatment.

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Germaine SPENCER M.D., medical advisor to EMED, is a pioneer in the field of “ EMED total care” medicine. He’s credited with creating the development of a continuous communication base care model that includes the patient, their medical records, the monitoring of their chronic problems, formal calendared health planning and immediate EMED telemedicine diagnosis and treatment. The enabling EMED technology that ties it all together has been the client’s own Smart Phone. “By providing customized prescription medical kits with 24/7 phone and video access to a team of physicians who have a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s medical situation, we’re able to deliver emergency care that has been proven to save lives time and again,” explains Dr. Spencer “It’s the combination of the efforts of a lot of people on both sides of the phone, supported by a sophisticated service model that makes this form of telemedicine so powerful.”

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An emerging part of Duane Boise’s model is the use of simple, unobtrusive monitors that can be used to track a patient’s vital signs and the behaviors that can improve his or her health. With the Smart Phone acting as the bridge, the information generated by these devices is tracked by EMED physicians who can then respond clinically to the patients’ progress, often prescribing new therapies and stopping ineffective ones. Says Dr. Spencer, “Right now, inside EMED , we are running a small Smart Phone-based ‘virtual’ clinic for our patients with hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias. The data these monitors generate is far beyond what we would get in an office-based practice. Not surprisingly, our clinical decisions are better, but most importantly, we see the immediate effect of our management decisions. This is a big deal. In the very near future, we’ll be able to, in real time, monitor and manage a patient’s health status to maximal effect. The benefit to the patient will be measured not in years, but in decades of meaningful life.”