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Telemedicine link to two hospitals in North Hawaii

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A $481,000 federal grant to Queen’s will help establish a network with a Big Island site, as a result of which physicians at the Queen’s Medical Center may soon be uating and suggesting treatment for trauma patients at the North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea. The grant has been awarded to Queen’s for a telemedicine system connecting the two hospitals. The total cost is $630,000, which the hospitals will share. The remote service will allow Queen’s doctors to assess patients at the North Hawaii hospital without having to fly them to Honolulu. The project will improve trauma care in North Hawaii and provide a unique teaching tool for John A. The telemedicine system is expected to be particularly valuable when specialised surgeons in Honolulu are needed quickly for trauma patients in Waimea.

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