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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Working to Support Physicians on Guam – Telemedicine and More

Posted Nov 10 2009 10:01pm

Recently I attended the World Medical Tourism Conference in Los Angeles and you can read the links below to find out more about how I was educated in healthcare and how things are changing. 

World Medical Tourism Conference 2009 – A Learning Awareness 

Interview with Curtis Schroeder, CEO Bumrungrad International Hospital and Nate McLemore, Health Solutions at Microsoft – International Personal Health Records with HealthVault

Cedars-Sinai Medical had a booth and was present as well, and hey I got a T-shirt too.  At any rate I spent a couple minutes speaking to Dr. Koerner, image referenced in this article who is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA, about what Cedars was doing at the conference.  Medical Tourism and help goes 2 ways, something we may forget about from time to time and this is one reason Cedars was present, to promote telemedicine and areas.  Cedars is in good place to offer telemedicine expertise to countries where they do not have trained clinicians to perhaps consult or perform a very specialized surgical procedure.  Cancer is a major focus of their travel to Guam to find ways to help connect with specialists at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.  BD

A team from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will be meeting with leaders in medicine and health insurance and as well as patients during a visit to Guam this week.

The Cedars-Sinai team will be making its fifth visit to Guam in the last three years. The aim of the trip is to continue to strengthen the relationships with healthcare leaders and patients.

"We hope to be able to expand our support for doctors and patients on Guam," said Spencer Koerner, M.D., medical director of the Center for International Health and Telemedicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center."We believe there are opportunities for us to give additional assistance to the medical community, especially in specialties that are not currently represented."

Koerner will be joined on the trip by Donna Bias, nurse coordinator for Guam patients served by Cedars-Sinai, and by Joe Aguon, a consultant to the program who grew up in Guam and was educated there. The team plans to arrive Monday, Nov. 9 and leave on Saturday, Nov. 14.

In view of the recent change in the availability of oncology services on the island, Cedars-Sinai is looking for ways to help physicians treating cancer patients. One option to consider is taking advantage of improvements in telemedicine, which could connect specialists at Cedars-Sinai to any Guam physician from their own desktop.

"It's as simple as pointing and clicking," said Dr. Koerner.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to expand support for doctors and patients on Guam

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