11 Aug Florida physicians, students bring real-time healthcare to Panama
If you break your leg in Pensacola, Fla., chances are you’ll have it X-rayed and in a cast within hours, courtesy of the nearest medical clinic or hospital. You’d get crutches and a prescription for painkillers and be home in time to Watch the next episode of “American Idol.”
If you break your leg in Filipina, Panama, however, that type of care might take days and involve a journey through rural countryside to a town with an actual doctor or clinic. It would be expensive, of course, and there’d be no guarantee that your leg would be properly examined or set.
Separated by some 3,000 miles, Pensacola and Filipina are worlds apart on access to basic healthcare. But a team of doctors and students from Florida State University’s Pensacola Regional Medical School Campus is bridging that gap, and they’re using mHealth tools and technology to make those connections.