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Sobre Rodas Magazine Reports on our Miami Telemedicine Program

09/12/2013

Portuguese-language Sobre Rodas Magazine, which is distributed in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Brazil, ran a story about the new telemedicine capabilities of our Miami mobile clinic. Read the original here or the English translation below.

Clinic on Wheels

Miami’s first telemedicine-equipped mobile medical clinic will make a difference for the neediest children of the city, in an initiative by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Children’s Health Fund and Verizon Foundation launch a national information campaign around health technology for medical care for disadvantaged patients.

Children’s Health Fund’s mobile medical clinics, equipped with the latest technology, will provide medical services to poor children and families across the country.  Under the direction of UM, Miami was the first city to receive these clinics.

The Verizon Foundation will provide equipment with high-speed 4G LTE wireless broadband connections that will permit the clinic to offer telemedicine services.  This service has already existed for some time, but now, with Verizon technology, there will be a real-time connection with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, offering pediatric services to low-income patients.  This system, with its sophisticated technology, will make it possible to send secure texts between doctors and patients, permitting communication between them via live video, so the doctors can see the patient, review vital signs, and perform tests and checkups.

“The clinic ‘on wheels’ will go to schools, community centers and places of worship around Miami-Dade to save the lives of thousands of children and families with very little or no access to medical care

“The potential for better health care is impressive and at the same time that we work with Verizon to improve the telemedicine capacity in Miami, we are also collaborating with innovative programs across the country,” said Dr. Jeb Weisman, PsD, director of information for Children’s Health Fund.