Stachura speaks on telemedicine at TMU

E-paper:TMU Outwards
Poster:International OfficePost date:2016-07-14
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On Monday, July 11th, Taipei Medical University welcomed Dr. Maximillian E. Stachura of August University to speak to researchers and TTT interns alike about Telehealth and Tele-medecine.  


Now, the subject may sound absurd, but the College of Georgia professor opened his powerpoint with an important question in mind: “When was radio invented?” The significance of this question revolves around the idea that off the wall ideas, no matter how crazy they may seem, can definitely be possible thanks to the wonders of our technological age. Stachura’s presentation aimed to show TMU the all-around benefits of this new big deal by explaining the mutual relationship between engineers and physicians along with the improvements in price and conveniency.


Tele-medecine is now used the most in the field of chronic/managerial care. Dr. Stachura mentioned that, ”tele-medecine saves much money on chronic care.” Nowadays, for each dollar spent in medicine, only 20 cents are used in acute care, while the other 80 cents are used in chronic care. An example where this is an improvement is measuring routine data. Now working with a German company to bring this advancement, Stachura asserted his thesis by preaching, “Clinicians do not want data, they want the information the data contains!” Today, too much money is spent in chronic care on billions of needles per day for blood pressure checkups for diseases such as diabetes. This can be amended with the help of high tech devices that will constantly track a patient’s blood pressure or blood sugar, saving both time and money for the patient and the doctor - an up and coming true success in the US.

A great portion of the presentation was devoted to facilitating the common trip to the doctor. The advancements of telemedicine being such a heavy task, collaborations between research facilities such as Augusta University and Taipei Medical University will be needed to bring a swifter healthcare process. Where tele-medecine can potentially save you while the waiting room is full, it also makes it so that a doctor’s smaller tasks can likely be resolved by other health-care providers, or even their parents.
There are four improvements Stachura hopes to achieve, all aiming to increase healthcare and health maintenance value (not to be confused with cost): increased patient access, improved patient outcomes, extended clinician reach, and improved clinician decision report. In the super future, Stachura hopes for an e-Health System, which he says would require a unique ID per patient, standardized medical nomenclature, and a decision-making support software (it's possible!).

~Written by Mark Tsai and Anderson Tsai Wang
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