The initial stream of support to Haiti following its devastating earthquake was an amazing act of humanity to watch unfold. Volunteer physicians from all over the world dropped what they were doing to be where their skills were most needed. Now, months after the incident, physicians that can no longer be present physically in Haiti, are reaching out through telecommunication to diagnose and recommend treatment.
This instance represents a small piece of what an effective physician network could provide globally, and will be an interesting case to monitor as it develops!
Doctor in New York Diagnoses Patient in Haiti
The Wall Street Journal
March 28, 2010
A three-month-old baby suffering from shortness of breath recently was checked into a small hospital in the Haitian capital. A radiologist at work in his New York office diagnosed that the child's lungs were collapsing.
"I communicated to the hospital urgently," says Allen Rothpearl, the Long Island radiologist.