Pacific Medical Technology Symposium (1998)
Aug. 17, 1998 to Aug. 20, 1998
John C. Scott , Center for Public Service Communications
From May 18Th through -20th , 1998 the Center for Public Service Communications (CPSC) and the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COE) convened a meeting of experts to discuss applications of telecommunications and information technology for humanitarian health initiatives. Participating in the meeting were 30 professional, world-renowned experts in physical and mental health aspects of humanitarian health planning and intervention, and knowledgeable about the most current uses of telecommunications technologies and techniques. Participants represented the U.S. Department of Defense, the Council of Europe, agencies of the United Nations, non-governmental and international organizations. The meeting was titled "Telecommunications Applications in Humanitarian Relief Operations" (TAHRO).The TAHRO meeting provided an unusual opportunity for experts of the many disciplines within the fields of disaster management and humanitarian assistance to come together to identify common problems and share successful strategies. These fields may seem small and narrow in focus to observers not familiar with the applications and players, but a thorough examination of the breadth of health applications and professional responsibilities represented at the meeting illustrates that disaster and humanitarian-oriented health applications are many and varied. The meeting also offered an opportunity for many recognized experts in the fields of natural disasters and complex emergencies to share experiences and discuss ways in which new, emerging and, importantly, tried-and-true "old" technologies can improve planning, administration, and operational activities of health professionals in disaster and humanitarian situations.The high caliber of expertise reflected firsthand experience preparing for and responding to natural disasters and complex emergencies, including land mine injury and support to refugee and war affected populations. Perspectives ranged from acute and chronic medical care to mental health, disease prevention/health promotion, and other public health applications including disease surveillance and early warning. Participants discussed these applications in the context of policy, operations, administration, and teaching and training.
J. C. Scott, "Applications of Telecommunications and Information Technology for Humanitarian Health Initiatives," Pacific Medical Technology Symposium(PACMEDTEK), Honolulu, Hawaii, 1998, pp. 197.