One of the notable outcomes of the Iraq war, in which the US military fought against the Al Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden and his men,
is the role of telemedicine and the unprecedented practice of remote
Charles R. Doarn, MBA, Research Associate Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati said, "When
the US is faced with a challenge, whether it's a war or the Space Race, there's always a need for developing new technologies."
of the 9/11 tragedy
, not just the Army but the military itself began to
develop technologies that enhanced and enabled the delivery of healthcare to
the battlefield," noted Doarn, who also happens to be one of two editors-in-chief
and the journal e-Health
to developed e-medicine technologies
, military personnel in Afghanistan
can make use of an e-mail-based system to photograph their conditions and
forward those electronic images to remote healthcare providers
encouraging to note that they got a response in an average turnaround time of
Ronald Poropatich, M.D., is the deputy director of the Telemedicine
Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), which is part of the US Army
Medical Research & Materiel Command (MRMC) based at Fort Detrick, MD.
Poropatich said that since 2004, when the telemedicine program was launched, 9,000
have been carried out. The majority of these were for dermatological
conditions, infectious disease, cardiology, orthopedics, and neurology.
the past year in the Middle East, the Army had
extended its capacity for tele-health consultations even to remote sites with
very limited health support such as forward operating bases and command
outpostsareas with no behavioral health support and very limited medical
Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Army hopes
to soon connect troop members with behavioral health
sitting at the remote locations as part of a screening program. This will help
to identify the 'most depressed' so that they may then be referred for
war has been instrumental in advancing telemedicine capabilities," Col.
interesting to note that easy accessibility to health care has made telemedicine
especially in the war scenario.
should encourage governing bodies across the world to promote telemedicine
and make health care easily accessible to everyone, especially to those in