NATO takes look at telehealth platform for global disasters

'This project is aiming at the creation of the multinational capacity in responding to major situations, disasters (and) civil emergencies'
By Erin McCann
04:28 PM
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization might be taking a telemedicine to global level, after looking into such a platform that would help the military alliance better respond to global disasters.

NATO medical and IT officials from around the world this week visited Avera Health, a South Dakota-based health system, that boasts one of the largest telemedicine networks in the world, covering 545,000 square miles. NATO officials viewed several telehealth demonstrations in a working session at Avera's Sioux Falls-based hub. 

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"This project is aiming at the creation of the multinational capacity in responding to major situations, disasters (and) civil emergencies, in countries where we would send our teams and they may need to consult experienced physicians at a distance from where they are," said Romanian Interior Ministry Official Raed Arafat, the NATO director for the project, to the Associated Press.

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