Telemedicine helps remote areas get medical response
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June 6 '07: The Payson Roundup in Arizona reported that the telemedicine group Humanitarian Emergency Logistics and Preparedness, or HELP is in discussion with several large technology companies to develop ways to increase telemedicine's reach into remote areas to provide medical response and relief.
According to the Roundup, "HELP has been organizing a secure global network of physician specialists, hospitals and other resources all tied together as a community over the Internet. ... Their goal has been to enable disaster response teams in a mass casualty zone - with the help of small portable satellite communications gear - to have leading experts volunteering to assists them in treating survivors."Officials at HELP said that with the cooperation of large technology companies such as Microsoft, Symantec and Yahoo!, they will be able to expand their capabilities. Randy Roberson, the president of HELP said, "We want to structure the entire network so when we appeal to the public for support for a specific disaster, 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to that disaster with nothing being deducted, period." "Our goal is to provide increased emergency capabilities to our mobile medical clinics while also providing unprecedented transparency, accountability and access to our donors. ... We believe this will change the face of philanthropy for humanitarian aid."
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