TATRC Tech-Watch Weekly

A weekly collection of COVID-19 focused Telemedicine articles, emerging technologies, clinical guidelines, and workflows from across industry, academia, medical research, and government. Brought to you by the USAMRDC's Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center.



Week of April 4-10, 2021

Graphic of ELEM the Virtual Humans Factory
Welcome to the Virtual Humans Factory

Medical trials are risky business. Human subjects eager to help researchers find cures or treatments for life-threatening ailments put their trust in medical professionals. But what if these trials could be conducted without human testers?

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Debi Sampsel, director of telehealth in UC's College of Nursing, holds a telehealth drone that can respond to a patient's home. It has a video screen and a cargo container for medicine. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative + Brand
New UC telehealth drone makes house calls

Pilot project demonstrates how drones can improve access to health care

The University of Cincinnati has invented a new telehealth drone to improve access to medical services regardless of location.

Inventors Victoria Wangia-Anderson, Manish Kumar, Seung-Yeon Lee and Debi Sampsel from three colleges at UC collaborated to develop a semi-autonomous prototype that can be dispatched right to people’s homes

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Smartphones, iPads and ‘webside manner’: Adapting quickly to virtual medicine in COVID-19 times

Treating a patient in person versus on video requires some adjustments. For Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher, it wasn’t just about changing the questions she asked but also the subtle cues she looked for.

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Dr. Rafael Nunez, a pediatrician at the U.S. Army Health Center in Vicenza, Italy, speaks on the phone March 9, 2021, with a parent about their child's diagnosis. Virtual appointments have been routine during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. ARMY HEALTH CENTER VICENZA
From rashes to complex ailments, more military patients are being treated through telemedicine

The U.S. military has seen a surge in the use of virtual medical care, as patients avoid doctor’s offices and health care workers work to minimize their exposure to the coronavirus.

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VR and AR Simulation Medical Training Can Reduce Medical Errors

Human error is an inevitable event in the practice of any trade, including healthcare and medicine. The errors made in medicine can have many negative effects for patients and healthcare providers.

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Photo By Greg Mason | An Army paramedic tends to a simulated patient Jan. 11, 2021, during paramedic training at the Fort McCoy, Wis., Medical Simulation Training Center. The center is managed by the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at Fort McCoy. (U.S. Army Photo by Greg Mason, Fort McCoy Multimedia-Visual Information Office)U.S. ARMY HEALTH CENTER VICENZA
Busy training year planned for Fort McCoy’s MSTC, RTS-Medical

Fort McCoy’s medical training facilities have a busy training season ahead teaching the Soldiers who help their teammates recover from illness or injury.

Fort McCoy has two medical training facilities: the Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) and Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical.

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