Application of a Telemedical Tool in an Isolated Island and a Disaster Area of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Makoto YOSHIZAWA  Tomoyuki YAMBE  Norihiro SUGITA  Satoshi KONNO  Makoto ABE  Noriyasu HOMMA  Futoshi TAKEI  Katsuhiko YOKOTA  Yoshifumi SAIJO  Shin-ichi NITTA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E95-B   No.10   pp.3067-3073
Publication Date: 2012/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E95.B.3067
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Medical Information Communication Technology for Disaster Recovery and Human Health Care Support)
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Keyword: 
the Great East Japan Earthquake,  telemedicine,  isolated island,  disaster area,  mobile communication,  

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Summary: 
The present paper has reported a case study of the “Electronic Doctor's Bag” which is a telemedical tool for home-visit medical services using the mobile communications environment in an isolated island and a disaster area hit by the tsunami. Clinical trials performed for 20 patients around a clinic in Miyako Island indicated that the communication functions of the proposed system were highly evaluated by patients as well as medical staffs. However, the system still has room for further improvement in operability, portability and mobile communication environment. The experience at the shelter in Kesennuma City suggested that mobile healthcare tools such as the proposed system will be strongly required when there are no or only paramedical staffs after leaving of emergency medical staffs.