Telemedicine in the Gulf. L o c a t I n g T e l e m e d I c I n e S I t e s I n t h e G u l f o f M e x I c o. Al Glasgow, MBA, MS
L o c a t I n g T e l e m e d I c I n e S I t e s I n t h e G u l f o f M e x I c o
Al Glasgow, MBA, MS
Department of Health Informatics, University Health Science Center at Houston, University of Texas, Houston, TX
Department of Geographic Information Science,
Houston Community College, Houston, TX
The use of electronic information and communication technology to provide supportive health care when distance separates participants.
Institute of Medicine
FASTER -- BETTER -- CHEAPER
To utilize GIS in developing a model for collection and analysis of large amounts of patient population data and to effectively communicate findings as part of the needs assessment process for planning telemedicine services in the Gulf.
20,000 Individuals engaged in high risk activities, mainly oil and gas related
(Site numbers, sizes, spatial relationships)
TM unit costs (Lease/mon./unit) $ 500
Training (Trainee/year) $ 500
Equip. maintenance (In lease) $ -0-
MEDEVAC Costs ($/Mile) $ 150
MEDEVAC Costs ($/Case) $5,000 *
Consult cost (Per case) $ 75
Return HELO trip $2,000
Credits - Avg. wage ($/Hr.) $71.69
Manhrs./MEDEVAC saved 8.0 **
MEDEVAC reduction w/TM 30%
* $3000 flat fee for trips <2.5 hrs. Rate for >2.5 hour trips is $1200/hr.
** One 8-hour day recovered per MEDEVAC avoidance.
72% of population within 100 to 200 miles
76% of population on <=15 member crews
A widely distributed population beyond 50 miles (Mostly beyond 100 miles).
Determine optimal hub site(s)
Care Outcomes Improvement
Kim Dunn, MD, PhD (1)
Osborne Nye, PhD (2)
Fardosht Armirphanihi (2)
Anna Zachos (3)
(1) Department of Health Informatics, School of Health
Information Sciences, Health Science Center at Houston,
University of Texas, Houston, TX
(2) Department of Geographic Information Science, Houston
Community College, Houston, TX
(3) School of Public Health, University of Texas, Houston, TX