Locating Telemedicine Satellite Hub Sites in the Gulf of Mexico
Track: Health and Human Services
Author(s): Al Glasgow
Locating and quantifying patient population distributions is the first step in planning effective telemedicine systems. The model presented determines spatial relationships among patient locations in the Gulf of Mexico and land-based tertiary health care facilities. These relationships determine operating costs, such as patient and health care provider transportation costs, that are used in break-even analyses for modeling offshore telemedicine programs that offer significant cost savings and increased health care access. The telemedicine system provides immediate access to emergency health care and minimizes unnecessary and costly MEDEVAC's (medical evacuations). The approach employs ArcView software to identify potential telemedicine hub sites in the Gulf of Mexico relative to patient populations engaged in high-risk occupations.
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