GlobalMed’s telehealth tech used by US Navy

Lt. Cmdr. Art Ambrosio, right, performs an ear examination on Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Francis Soucie during the first trial run of a portable telemedicine unit on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy
US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Pinske/Released

GlobalMed, a global provider of telehealth solutions, has announced that the US Navy recently used its technology to conduct its first ever portable telemedicine broadcast from a ship at sea.

The GlobalMed technology was used to transmit vital signs and ear, nose, throat, head/neck and skin examinations from the US Navy hospital ship Mercy.

The Navy also used the technology to perform its inaugural underway teleprocedural mentorship (TCCC): tourniquet placement, needle thoracostomy, and cricothyroidotomy.

GlobalMed recently earned the US Department of Defense (DoD) Authority to Operate (ATO) on DoD networks, becoming the first provider of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)-compliant virtual health to obtain an ATO.

This certification means GlobalMed can put its telehealth applications, hardware and software directly on the DoD network, which makes its solutions available to the Military Health System (MHS).

“The Navy is to be congratulated for its use of portable telemedicine broadcasts while a hospital ship is underway,” said Joel E. Barthelemy, Founder and CEO of GlobalMed and a Marine veteran. “The Navy’s use of our virtual health equipment to remotely guide a hospitalman through the placement of a chest tube and the surgical opening of an airway is particularly impressive. Telehealth will help the Navy better care for its personnel as they pursue their missions around the world.”