Humanitarian

Building Telemedicine Infrastructure in Iraqi Kurdistan

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.  Continue Reading…

Telemedicine Improving Access to Healthcare in the Philippines

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…

VSee for Ebola Contagious Disease Units

Emergency health care workers –- such as those on the front lines combating Ebola in Nigeria –- are already using VSee for Ebola treatment. This week, a number of VSee customers contacted us to set up Ebola isolation units inside their hospital. The setup is simple: just load the free…

Safer and Fewer Abortions with Telemedicine

Telemedicine abortion has been a hot topic recently with Planned Parenthood losing a “telemedicine abortion” ban suit against Iowa. Alana Semuels has explored the issue further in the Atlantic online, showing how telemedicine could impact women’s access to safe abortion. Writes Semuels, “there is one procedure that, though it could…

A Humanitarian Trip to Iraq with VSee

VSee is featured in the Summer 2014 newsletter from the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA). * You can view the complete newsletter here. On pages 12 and 13, it tells of Dr. Gazi B. Zibari and his humanitarian trip to Iraqi Kurdistan, where he used VSee telemedicine and donated some VSee…

Dr. Gavin MacGregor-Skinner Using VSee Telemedicine to Fight Ebola

The Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation is doing excellent work on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Currently, they train healthcare workers in Nigeria. They use VSee video conferencing to engage new medical recruits, for telemedicine, and for situational awareness updates in real time. Watch a…

VSee Team in Iraq – Telesurgery Teaching at the Azadi Hospital (Days 3-5)

Our remaining days in Duhok (Dohuk) Iraqi Kurdistan were spent mostly at the Azadi Teaching Hospital where we did telesurgery trainings all day until the hospital closed each day. setting up VSee telesurgery for a mastoidectomy. It turns out that the Azadi Hospital is the only public hospital in Duhok. …

VSee in Iraq – Kurdistan Medical Symposium (Day 1)

updated: 1/20/2014 VSee CEO Milton Chen and VSee Director of Telehealth Becky Wai traveled to Kurdistan, Iraq this week to participate in a week-long humanitarian surgical and medical outreach trip  sponsored by Operation Hope (OH), World Surgical Foundation (WSF), American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), The American Kurdish Medical Group (AKMG) and Otorhinologic Research Institute (ORI).  The goal…

VSee Empowers Children’s Voices Around the World

VSee is excited to be a partner of the KidStar Radio program, an all kid-run radio station which has been empowering and changing children’s lives for the past 27 years. VSee’s simple design and low-bandwidth video conference capabilities has fast become a favorite tool of founder and president Perry Damone…

VSee, Nobel Prize Winners, and Gabon President Talk Telemedicine at the Albert Schweitzer Centennial

VSee team meets with the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba to talk telemedicine The VSee team had an amazing experience at the Albert Schweitzer Centennial Symposium sharing the possibilities of telehealth in Africa (and around the world) with the President of Gabon, Nobel Prize winners, and other renowned leaders of…

VSee in Gabon – Albert Schweitzer Hospital 100 Years Legacy

Eric has had a crazy and amazing week bringing the VSee telemedicine suitcase into the jungles of Gabon. He has been setting up VSee satellite calls to bring Harvard doctors and Albert Schweitzer Hospital doctors face to face virtually for telehealth consultations.  And he has been training medical staff to use the VSee telemedicine…

VSee Brings Low Cost Telehealth Solution to BoP

VSee started as a simple desire to create a group video chat app that 1) didn’t drop calls and freeze video like Skype, that 2) protected privacy by not going through servers like Google Hangouts, and that 3) made collaboration extremely easy. The result was a simple low bandwidth video conference and fast…

VSee, DLR, Grossman Burn Foundation, and Hollywood Special Effects Legend Team Up To Help Victims of Domestic Violence

In the developing world burns are common as most people cook over fires.  Clothing catches on fire, hot oil gets spilled and lives are forever changed or often even lost. Over the holidays our friend Randy Roberson from Disaster Logistics Relief (DLR) shared with us how VSee telemedicine has been…

VSee in Gabon: Remote Ultrasound and the African Mother (Part 2)

maternity ward at Albert Schweitzer In a previous blog post, Penny talked about the unique opportunity we had to travel to Gabon to deploy VSee telemedicine for the The Albert Schweitzer Hospital (HAS). The hospital was the first one to be established in Gabon nearly 100 years ago and continues…

VSee in Gabon: The Albert Schweitzer Hospital and Surfing Hippos (Part 1)

I don’t of know of too many tech startups that would send you to Africa on a humanitarian trip, but I just got back from an amazing trip to the West African country of Gabon.  It’s a small, beautiful country of about 5 1.5 million people located on the equator just…

Vote For VSee in Haiti – ATA Telemedicine Video Contest

Support VSee and vote today for the “Expect Telemedicine” video featuring VSee at work in Haiti.  Help move us into first place for the ATA Telemedicine Video Contest!  Voting ends tomorrow, Friday, September 7. VSee really makes telemedicine work in rural Haiti.  It has provided healthcare to 10,000 to 20,000 Haitians who…

VSee links Linkin Park to Rio+20

On June 19th in Rio De Janeiro, global leaders such as Ted Turner and Richard Branson assembled to have a conversation with people around the world about how technology and social media have impacted conversations about global social issues. Complementing the concurrent United Nations Rio+20 conference, the Rio+Social conference included…

Gabriel of Darfur United celebrates the birth of his daughter from Iraq!

We just learned that long-time VSee users Gabriel and Katie-Jay Stauring used VSee to connect from different sides of the globe while Katie-Jay was in labor with their first child! Gabriel and Katie-Jay run i-ACT, a grassroots organization that combines innovative technology with personal connection to help victims of mass…

‎Linkin Park joins Rio+Social over VSee

You can watch the live stream here now. (Jun 19, 8am-6pm EST). Follow us on Twitter (@VSee) and Like us on Facebook to hear about the latest from VSee! 

Videoconferencing Surgery: Future For the Developing World

A big thanks to guest blogger Cyndi Laurenti for her research on how telemedicine and telesurgery are positively affecting the developing world.  Cyndi recently graduated with a degree in International Relations and is interested in how public policy affects all spheres of life.  She can be reached at laurenticy@gmail.com. Videoconferencing has provided…

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