Much of what makes up a good telehealth program is the ability to deliver high-quality care advice to individuals from a distance. That’s especially necessary for astronauts on board the International Space Station, since the closest medical doctor is a rocket-ship ride away, back on Earth.”Telemedicine really is our only resource,” said Shannan Moynihan, deputy chief medical officer for the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, during a March 8 session at HIMSS 2018 in Las Vegas. “Unfortunately, we don’t get to go make house calls. I’ve tried that it didn’t fly.”Moynihan, and Michelle Frieling, the department manager for flight and medical operations at KBRwyle, dissected the role of telehealth in providing treatment for astronauts, particularly noting the importance of using ultrasound technology and a video connection.

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