I had the privilege of traveling to Iraq Kurdistan twice in the past two years to help bring much needed telemedicine infrastructure and surgical services to refugees and the local inhabitants. For this I have to thank the work of renowned hepatic surgeon Dr. Gazi Zibari.
Dr. Greg Lipscomb is a neurologist with a mission: to transform epilepsy care in underserved countries. And he’s doing this with the help of telemedicine and telehealth technology.
Many patients with epilepsy in these countries are are misunderstood and face social stigma. They are considered crazy or supernaturally afflicted, and often do not get the right treatment and medication. In fact, many think that epilepsy is contagious and do not realize that it can actually be controlled with medical treatment.
While social and cultural beliefs will take time to change, something can be done about providing medical treatment for epilepsy now. This year with the help of ROW Foundation and Neurotech, Dr. Lipscomb brought EEG machines in Tenwek and Kijabe Hospitals in Kenya. He trained 4 technicians to use the machines in 5 days. However, the story does not end there.
“VSee allows my my project to be a success”
Even though Dr. Lipscomb is now back to his work and family in Montgomery, Alabama, he still continues to teach the staff in Kenya – using VSee’s telemedicine technology.
He says, “The ability for me to continue to train and talk with the techs is a giant answer to prayer as well as benefit. I was only able to spend a week with the techs, which is impossible to train them everything, but with this [VSee], we can do lectures, view patients as they are being connected, answer questions, and give feedback on EEGs done. VSee will allow my project to be a success.”
Just recently, with VSee’s low bandwidth requirements, they were able to do a group call between the technicians in Kenya and another consulting specialist in the US. They used the screen share feature to discuss the EEG results and Dr Lipscomb was impressed with how quickly the technicians learned.
Next stop for EEGs and telemedicine neurology training
Dr. Lipscomb’s next project is to bring solar powered EEG machines to a mountain area in Haiti by early next year. The EEG tests will be stored in the local machine and information will be sent to specialists across the globe.
With today’s technology, quality healthcare can reach everyone!
Check out Dr. Lipscomb’s video of his trip below or go to: https://www.facebook.com/intlneuro/videos/1877766965778311/
Success! Here is a quick look at my trip from Kenya. We were able to train four Kenyans in just 5 days. The techs from Tenwek Hospital sent their first EEG ever yesterday and it was quite amazing. It was very readable and as good as studies I have seen here in the States. Today we had a teleconference with them through a program called VSee. This will enable us to continue to train them. @VSee
Posted by International Neurology Services on Friday, 30 September 2016
Dr. Lipscomb works with INTERNATIONAL NEUROLOGY SERVICES to bring EEG machines to developing countries around the world. You can learn more about their vision and how you can help at: http://www.intlneuro.org/index.html
It’s tough being a teen – we’ve all been there and can relate. Often all they need is someone who will listen and provide support. While technology brings with it problems like cyber-bullying, it also provides solutions like online counseling for teens and their families, so they can privately talk to a counselor online from anywhere at just the right time.
That’s what Teens in Crisis (TIC+) is all about. With qualified professionals*, TIC+ provides face-to-face and online counseling to support children and young people aged 9-21 and their families living in Gloucestershire, UK. And they’re using the VSee Waiting Room to do it!
Check out how they do online counseling in the video below or watch the video here
As one changed teen writes, “I finished with my counsellor about a year ago but I had seen her for well over a year, thanks to hundreds of extensions to our sessions. She was fantastic and she helped me so much. She was the first person I felt understood me, really cared and I was able to talk to easily…. Without her, my life would be so different, if I was even still alive by now. She helped me made so many big decisions and changes in my life. She is just incredible and so is this charity.”
You can learn more about the great work TIC+ is doing in the lives of our teenagers here.
*TIC+ is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I’m not sure what we expected when we first stepped into the GALA Shelter for street kids. But we were surprised and touched by how well-behaved and respectful the children were. They greeted us with big smiles, and a polite “Good Afternoon,” then touched our hands to their foreheads – a sign of respect to elders in the Philippines. They quickly ran to set up chairs for us to rest, even though we didn’t have time to sit, .Continue Reading…
It’s been almost two years since infectious disease expert Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner first started using VSee to help stop health epidemics. Back then his team was on the ground in West Africa, fighting the Ebola outbreak. While Ebola is still a concern for them, they have also turned their attention to a new threat – Zika. They have been working on a needs assessment for the Zika virus in hospitals and labs across five countries, which they just finished in April.
You can check out Dr. MacGregor-Skinners C-Span interview on handling the Zika virus here.
Dr. Macgregor-Skinner is the Global Projects Lead at the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation and the Director of Global Disaster Response at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
With his wide experience in public health and emergency response, he was one of 18 experts whose research and contributions resulted in the recent report titled “Effective Public Health Communication in an Interconnected World: Enhancing Resilience to Health Crises,” published by KYNE and News Deeply. In it, he highlights technology platforms that were deployed on the ground in West Africa. He singles out the power of VSee telemedicine, which enabled physicians to monitor Ebola patients from thousands of miles away. VSee’s telemedicine platform meets all his criteria for communication platforms of the future:
- strong visuals,
- user-friendly design,
- round-the-clock availability, and
- easy-to-access portals.
You can read the full report here.
The VSee team is grateful for the amazing work of people like Dr. Macgregor-Skinner and glad that we can contribute new telehealth technology that is helping to save lives.