Video Cameras and Cells Phones Change 911

Video Cameras and Cells Phones Change 911

A portable video camera in the back of the speeding ambulance allows doctors to begin making a diagnosis even before the patient reaches the emergency room. A pioneering prototype at the University of Maryland was described in the March  19, 2001 Washington Post.

Many people who have strokes aren’t able to get the powerful drug TPA because there is only a brief window when it is effective. Often too much time has elapsed before the decision can be made.

By sending video images via the 4 cell phones hooked together in a telemedicine backpack, a new level of emergency diagnosis and treatment is possible for strokes – and soon for many other medical crises.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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