A group of telehealth companies has come together to donate remote monitoring services and devices to care workers in Haiti following the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the country last month. A&D Engineering, Advanced Warning Systems, Digicel, MedApps and Nonin have agreed to jointly donate equipment and infratructure toward the relief efforts. The group's "telehealth ecosystem," however, will not launch until after rescue and recovery has been completed and longterm relief efforts can begin, the companies said.
According to the group's press release, A&D Engineering will donate scales, blood pressure monitors and stethoscopes, while Nonin will send portable pulse oximeters -- Digicel, one of the biggest wireless carriers in the Caribbean plans to provide the complimentary connectivity for the devices.
More from the group's press release:
"Because health care resources have been redirected to the frontlines of emergency response, a void has inevitably been left for individuals with less critical care needs. As the cellular network continues to come back online, this partnership of technology innovators plans to use remote monitoring to help fill this void as the next phase of relief begins.
"Relief workers will outfit chronically ill patients with remote health monitoring equipment that will allow care professionals to monitor them without the constraints of time and location, helping a greater number of people."
Read the full press release