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Palm Bay PD Exploring Tactical Telemedicine

Telemedicine has not yet achieved widespread adoption. However, one area…

Telemedicine has not yet achieved widespread adoption. However, one area it could begin gaining traction is in the tactical realm. Tactical telemedicine takes an existing telemedicine framework and puts it in the hands of military personnel or SWAT team medics, who often find themselves on the ground in high-risk settings without immediate medical support.

The Palm Bay Police Department and the Trauma Center at Health First/Holmes Regional Medical Center partnered to create the Tactical Telemedicine Program, or Tac-Tel. The partnership also includes firefighter-paramedics who train alongside Palm Bay SWAT officers.

Tac-Tel provides physicians at the trauma center with a direct link to a scene via a smartphone or tablet and a tiny camera affixed to a SWAT medic. The connection is secure, wireless and real-time.

Read more at Officer.com.

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