Tele-orthopaedics: United States army European regional medical command

Jeffrey Morgan, Shaka Walker, David Melaas, Maria Crane, Jacob Bacahui, Ben H. Boedeker

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9 Scopus citations


Telemedicine is the provision of medical care over long distances by way of videoconferencing and other communication technologies. Staff at Vilseck U.S. Army Clinic set up a 3-month pilot real-time tele-orthopaedic clinic to determine if it was feasible to extend Orthopaedic specialty care over long distances. A full time physician assistant was located at the patient site and an orthopaedic surgeon was located at the Landstuhl or Heidelberg site. Patients were initially evaluated by the PA. Complex consults were reviewed by the PA and Orthopaedic surgeon via telephone or VTC. Patients meeting possible indications for surgery were then scheduled for a VTC consult with a surgeon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 19
Subtitle of host publicationNextMed, MMVR 2012
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781614990215
StatePublished - 2012
EventMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 19: NextMed, MMVR 2012 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 9 2012Feb 11 2012

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 19: NextMed, MMVR 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA


  • Tele-orthopaedics
  • Telemedicine
  • Video teleconference (VTC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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