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April 7, 1993

Satellite Hookup Links Major US Military Hospital With Army Physicians in Mogadishu, Somalia

JAMA. 1993;269(13):1606. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500130020004

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GLOBAL TELEMEDICINE is being tested by US military medical personnel in Somalia.

As Operation Restore Hope enters its final days—at least as far as the US military playing a dominant role—a remote clinical communication system is in operation at the 86th Evacuation Hospital in Mogadishu. The hospital, which has its home base at the US Army's Fort Campbell (Ky), northeast of Nashville, Tenn, on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, thus now is linked via satellite from Somalia with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Digital Images  Physicians at Walter Reed say the system uses off-the-shelf computers, software, portable telecommunications equipment, and a computerized digital camera. The goal, they say, is to allow military physicians who encounter an unfamiliar or particularly difficult patient problem at a remote site like those in Somalia to consult with experts at a sophisticated center like Walter Reed.This eliminates waiting until the patient has been evacuated