NATO develops telemedicine system to provide medical services in emergencies

BRUSSELS, -- NATO has developed a multinational telemedicine system to provide medical services in emergencies, the security organization said Friday.

A high-level conference held at NATO headquarters here Friday marked the completion of this project, supported by the NATO science for peace and security program, according to NATO's press release.

The telemedicine system can be used for both military and civilian operations, which enables medical specialists to provide recommendations in real time at emergency scenes or in combat zones.

Portable medical kits allow first responders at the scene to connect to the system, receiving expert advice from medical specialists.

"In the event of a disaster, telemedicine helps eliminate distance barriers and improves access to medical services that would often not be available on the ground, even in remote areas," said Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for emerging security challenges.

Launched in 2013, the project was led by scientists and experts from Romania, the United States and NATO partner countries Finland, Moldova, and Ukraine. (PNA/Xinhua)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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