Literally “World Class”

October 10, 2013 by InTouch Health

More than a million people reside in Kazan, the lovely capital of the republic of Tatarstan in Russia. The republic’s motto is Bez Buldirabiz!, which translates “Yes, we can!” (adopted before Barack Obama used the same phrase in political campaigns).

 If the question is: “Can Russian doctors leverage RP technology to get an informed second opinion?”, the answer is “Yes, we can!” That’s exactly what happened recently when they used an RP-Vantagerobot to connect with Dr. Antonio Marttos, Jr. at the Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami Medical School.

 The patient was a Russian motorcyclist who had experienced a traumatic brain injury following a collision with a passenger car. That’s something that’s not unusual in Miami, where millions take to the highways each day. All that the Russian doctors had to do was call Dr. Marttos and provide him with the RP number. The physicians in Kazan were able to get a prompt second opinion from one of America’s leading trauma specialists.

 Telemedicine in Russia has been shaped in large part by that nation’s space program, according to Leonid Malkov, who edits a Russian language magazine called Computer Technology in Medicine. He notes that the technology first developed for transmitting medical information from space stations back to earth has been used in Russian telemedicine as far back as the aftermath of the 1988 Armenian earthquake.

 We should consider ourselves privileged to live in a world where technology initially developed for cosmonauts has evolved to the point where doctors can collaborate easily across the 6,000 miles between Miami and Kazan. It gives a whole new meaning to the expression “world class.”