Application of a telemedical tool in an isolated Island and a disaster area of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Makoto Yoshizawa, Tomoyuki Yambe, Norihiro Sugita, Satoshi Konno, Makoto Abe, Noriyasu Homma, Futoshi Takei, Katsuhiko Yokota, Yoshifumi Saijo, Shin Ichi Nitta

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Abstract

The present paper has reported a case study of the "Electronic Doctor's Bag" which is a telemedical tool for home-visit medical services using the mobile communications environment in an isolated island and a disaster area hit by the tsunami. Clinical trials performed for 20 patients around a clinic in Miyako Island indicated that the communication functions of the proposed system were highly evaluated by patients as well as medical staffs. However, the system still has room for further improvement in operability, portability and mobile communication environment. The experience at the shelter in Kesennuma City suggested that mobile healthcare tools such as the proposed system will be strongly required when there are no or only paramedical staffs after leaving of emergency medical staffs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3067-3073
Number of pages7
JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
VolumeE95-B
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct

Keywords

  • Disaster area
  • Isolated Island
  • Mobile communication
  • Telemedicine
  • The Great East Japan Earthquake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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