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JUN 2014

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36 st / June 2014 cine unit to a site, and therefore place the onus on an unskilled worker to operate it and initiate doctor-directed treatment, WWTM's OSHA-trained, occupational-medical ER doctors are physically present next to the Telemedicine Unit, a specially made computer with video conferencing capabilities, to answer a call when it comes through; they are more than just on-call. This means there is zero downtime between a call for assistance being placed by the client and the cli- ent receiving a response from the doctor. There is no wait time for the doctor to arrive physi- cally at the scene and get pre- pared. With WWTM's Telemedi- cine Unit, the doctor is already on location and ready to assist. The doctor is in a room with the land unit 24/7. A computer with video conferencing capabilities is used to interface with the on-location telemedicine unit operated by the paramedic on the rig or at the job site. What makes WWTM differ- ent is that they send an operator with their unit. Other companies use an iPhone application, which can have spotty reception, or just send the telemedicine unit itself and count on someone on the rig to run the unit. Additionally, WWTM provides actual paramedics on site all of the time as part of the package, performing doctor-directed tasks, rather than emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Many people are not aware of the differences between the two roles. Whereas EMTs usually receive between 120 to 150 hours of training and are restricted The Benefts of Remote Care WWTM's telemedicine system provides a range of comprehen- sive benefts. With board-certifed ER physicians, specially trained on- site paramedics, a state-of-the-art Telemedicine Unit and turnkey case management abilities, all of WWTM's services are geared toward the safety and health of its clients' employees, while also assisting clients with effective cost-manage- ment measures. Packages can be modifed to meet specifc company and job site requirements, and variables gener- ally considered are: the number of job sites, hours of client coverage required per day, service to a sta- tionary versus foating rig or vessel and geographical location of the job site. By enabling the doctor to at- tend directly to the patient via the Telemedicine Unit, companies will fundamentally decrease their ex- penditure on worker evacuations for unnecessary ER visits, observe a dramatic reduction in lost-time incidents and appreciate the value (and not to mention peace of mind) attached to having 24/7 access to board-certifed ER physicians, with the aim of getting a worker ft to resume his job. The Process: A Breakdown When an offshore incident oc- curs, WWTM doctors provide im- mediate consultation and guid- ance to on-site paramedics for a thorough and accurate diagnosis, care and treatment at the job site. Unlike other telemedi- cine service companies who dispatch only the telemedi- (Top) A paramedic examines a patient's eye and sends a live feed of the eye to the doctor via the telemedicine unit using satellite or Wi-Fi connec- tivity. (Bottom) A doctor converses with a patient at a remote worksite for a follow-up examination. JUN2014.indd 36 6/4/14 12:48 PM

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