Dr. William Kennedy Smith Speaks about iCons in Medicine

Uploaded by IconsinMedicine on 06.03.2009

>> DR.SMITH: The goal of this program is really to address health disparities around the world,
and I know the public health workshop will talk a little bit about that.
So, not only in Iraq, but also in the United States
and every other country where we have health disparities.
And our objective here is to deliver medical knowledge or help provide medical knowledge
at the point of care, wherever it's needed, whenever it's needed.
As I said, this is a volunteer-based effort, and our request of our volunteers
is that they agree to provide three consults per year,
and they can do that in the language or region they prefer, and the specialty that they prefer.
A physician requiring clinical advice fills out a form.
This is not email-based, this is actually secure socket layer (SSL) connection,
so we don't need copies of medical records on POP and SMTP servers.
They fill out a form, they select a specialty area that they would like to request assistance.
A notification goes out to Volunteers who have signed on in that speciality
in the form of an email link, they click on the link, it takes them to the consult.
They can decide whether they can help, and if they accept the consult
they enter into a one-to-one dialogue with the remote requesting physician.
There is also a community of practice website, this is like Facebook or another social networking site.
where specialists can share information about their practice areas or particular interests
they may have.
Volunteers are registered in Chapters.
The Chicago Medical Society (CMS) has one,
the Center for International Rehabilitation (CIR) has one,
the Iraqi Medical Sciences Association (IMSA) has one,
the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) has one.
And we hope that others will start.
You need three physicians to start a Chapter, and they recruit their friends.
And on the other end, we work with organizations. We try to make sure they're non-profits and
working in remote and medically underserved areas, and once they enroll in the program,
their staff will have access to all these services.
We want to make sure that patients aren't
directly accessing this kind of service, and that the doctors that we are working with
are operating in a manner consistent with the mission.
We want to try to get people to have a better understanding
about the global challenges, global responsibilities, the impact of being a Volunteer.
We want to see better health services at a lower cost in underserved areas.
We want to build capacity of healthcare volunteers on a global basis,
and try to provide assistance wherever needed. This kind of strategy has a lot of flexibility.
I think that the concept of a global medical workforce is one that is coming of age.
The borders that we have have become so porous, and the problems that we all face are common.