Tuesday 12 November, 2019

CI Seafarers Association donates telemedicine robot to the hospital

HSA Medical Director Dr. Delroy Jefferson, Intouch Health Specialist Manager Shawn Quebedeaux, Intouch Health Agent for the Caribbean Region Carole Appleyard and VP of the Cayman Islands Seafarers Association John Douglas with the next generation InTouch Health RP-Lite 4 telemedicine robot.

HSA Medical Director Dr. Delroy Jefferson, Intouch Health Specialist Manager Shawn Quebedeaux, Intouch Health Agent for the Caribbean Region Carole Appleyard and VP of the Cayman Islands Seafarers Association John Douglas with the next generation InTouch Health RP-Lite 4 telemedicine robot.

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association (CISA) recently upgraded the state-of-the-art medical robot that provides physicians and medical specialists overseas immediate remote access to patients at the Cayman Islands Hospital in medical emergencies and for consultation on various medical issues.

The next generation InTouch Health RP-Lite 4 telemedicine robot, nicknamed 'Sally', is equipped with a more sophisticated software than its predecessor. It is more responsive and features a higher definition two-way camera and microphone allowing physicians the capability to remotely observe and interact with patients and medical staff as well. 

The telemedicine device further enables fast secure remote access to specialists in other countries to quickly and, in real-time emergency or other situations, facilitate complex diagnoses without incurring the costs, inconvenience, wait times and potential risks associated with transferring patients overseas.

“The Cayman Islands Seafarers are happy to be able to contribute the upgraded model of the InTouch Health RP-Lite 4 telemedicine robot to the HSA and are proud to have invested in bringing this world-class technology home to the Cayman Islands for the benefit of our people,” said John Douglas, Vice President of the Cayman Islands Seafarers Association. “In addition to facilitating the saving of lives, this significant contribution serves the purpose of cutting down on medical transfers overseas.”

“Telemedicine is one of healthcare's fastest-growing initiative,” said HSA Chief Executive Officer Lizzette Yearwood. “Through the support of the Cayman Seafarers Association, we are able to continue paving the way towards the digitalization of healthcare, which will enable us to deliver smarter, more patient-centered care. The ‘Sally’ robot is a powerful telemedicine tool that will help us to be better prepared for the future as the demand for healthcare in the Cayman Islands continues to grow.”

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