Telemedicine system necessary in disaster areas

Norihiro Sugita, Makoto Yoshizawa, Hitoshi Kawata, Tomoyuki Yambe, Satoshi Konno, Oshifumi Saijo, Makoto Abe, Noriyasu Homma, Shin Ichi Nitta

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There are problems associated with providing healthcare for elderly people living in evacuation centers or temporary housing after a big disaster. This paper introduces two telemedicine systems as tools to maintain the quality of the medical care provided for the elderly at such impromptu facilities. One of these is an electronic doctor's bag (eBag), which enables a physician at a clinic or hospital to check the condition of an elderly patient living in an evacuation center or temporary residence based on video images and biological data submitted via the Internet. The other is a tele-echographic archiving system that helps a physician understand ultrasonographic images submitted from a remote location. We discuss the functions of the telemedicine systems needed in a disaster area based on the results of a demonstration experiment carried out with an eBag, in an actual evacuation center.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 Proceedings of SICE Annual Conference, SICE 2012
PublisherSociety of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781467322591
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1
Event2012 51st Annual Conference on of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers of Japan, SICE 2012 - Akita, Japan
Duration: 2012 Aug 202012 Aug 23

Publication series

NameProceedings of the SICE Annual Conference


Other2012 51st Annual Conference on of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers of Japan, SICE 2012


  • Electronic doctor's bag
  • Large disaster
  • Mobile communications networks
  • Tele-echographic archiving system
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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