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Telemedicine App Can Help Prevent Unnecessary CT Scans, Radiation Exposure in Children

Research has shown that a single computed tomography (CT) scan, although necessary in many cases, exposes a patient to a higher risk of developing cancer over his or her lifetime. A second CT scan doubles that risk. Often in trauma cases at small hospitals, a patient receives one CT scan, then is transferred to a larger hospital where a second one is performed.

According to a study published last year by JAMA Pediatrics, “Use of CT in pediatrics, combined with the wide variability in radiation doses, has resulted in many children receiving a high-dose examination.”

A National Cancer Institute study published in 2009 projected that CT scans would cause 29,000 excess cancer cases and 14,500 (or 50%) excess deaths over the lifetime of those exposed. The Institute says, “Children are considerably more sensitive to radiation than adults because of their growing bodies and the rapid pace at which the cells in their bodies divide.”

“Cancer develops over time. Children have more life years ahead for this to occur. Minimizing radiation exposure is paramount,” says Joel E. Barthelemy, Founder and Managing Director of GlobalMed. GlobalMed’s CapSure Cloud application can eliminate a second radiation dose by making an initial CT scan available to all healthcare providers involved in a patient’s care. Once the images are uploaded to the secure cloud imaging server from the originating hospital, the sign-on information can be shared with specialists at the receiving hospital so they can view the study. In emergency cases, this means the team at the receiving hospital can be prepared for the patient’s arrival and go directly to the OR.

Visitors to GlobalMed’s booth (#1909) at HIMSS 2014 in Orlando, Florida, February 24-27, can participate in a live demonstration of CapSure Cloud.

About GlobalMed

GlobalMed develops integrated telemedicine solutions for healthcare providers and corporate health programs. Our mission is to transform healthcare globally by developing and integrating secure and efficient health delivery systems that improve access and quality of care, while eliminating unnecessary costs. GlobalMed’s broad array of connected medical devices and patient data workflow systems enable complete patient encounters from the patient location and the doctor to anywhere around the world, across a full range of healthcare specialties. For more information, visit www.globalmed.com or call 1-800-886-3692.

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