Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

DH Wireless adds M2M to GlobalMed telemedicine service

Steve Rogerson
December 17, 2019



GlobalMed and DH Wireless are working together to improve telemedicine connectivity in remote areas. By pairing technology, they hope to offer immediate, secured network coverage for critical care in the field.
 
GlobalMed, an Arizona-based provider of virtual health technology, has partnered DH Wireless for better telehealth connectivity in the field. DH Wireless, a Michigan-based M2M company, will use its secure PDN portable data network with GlobalMed's telemedicine stations to extend mobile wifi hotspots to remote areas and emergency situations.
 
The PDN uses smart routers and high-gain cellular connectivity to provide a network in a box that can be quickly deployed by first responders, mobile command units, and crisis response and disaster relief teams delivering medical consultations on the go.
 
"This partnership springs from our shared commitment to enabling immediate clinical care even in the most dire and challenging situations," said Joel Barthelemy, GlobalMed founder and CEO. "With the PDN's extended connectivity, GlobalMed solutions enable providers to establish triage centres and communicate back to hospitals, 911 dispatch, military units and any other team. This enhanced connectivity can allow a provider to save someone's life in an area lacking cellular signals or network coverage."
 
Before the partnership, both companies worked with Verizon and shared common customers. At the time, GlobalMed equipment relied on Verizon's own mobile wifi hotspot, but needed something more rugged and capable in the field. Verizon suggested DH Wireless join GlobalMed at Operation Convergent Response, a live scenario event that puts the latest crisis response innovations in first responders' hands to help save lives. By enacting staged field exercises, such as a flood scenario or a highway pileup, they tested the PDN with the GlobalMed transportable exam station from different connectivity points and devices.
 
After this event, DH Wireless also participated with GlobalMed in Operation Bushmaster, a mock battlefield exercise for medical students at the Uniformed Services University.
 
Darren Basch, DH Wireless director of business development, said they successfully tested the paired technology in multi-application medical platoon scenarios. From trauma tents to two-track gravel roads with med-humvees and even extending out to the helipad, good connectivity allowed important digital-data to transmit in real time.
 
"All this connectivity in one box allows you to essentially create a portable EOC triage centre," Basch said. "Pairing GlobalMed's world-class telemedicine with DH Wireless’ leading IoT communication cases is the foundation for a smart, solid partnership that will benefit the whole medical and healthcare industry as mobile technology advances."
 
Recently DH Wireless expanded its portable line to include the MPA mobile portable amplifier, a smart cellular booster that improves cellular phone and digital-data communications in fringe network coverage areas. This can also be used with the PDN.
 
By enhancing and using effective and efficient technologies, processes and procedures in the M2M market, DH Wireless says it is committed to deploy, manage, measure, track and communicate its products and services. Founded in 1995 and focused on sustainable M2M wireless data for mobile and fixed applications, its technology can be found on grids, highways, pipelines, offices, rails and manufacturing facilities in North America.
 
GlobalMed powers virtual health programmes by designing and manufacturing integrated software and hardware telemedicine technology that supports a patient at any point in the continuum of care. Providers are enabled with data capturing tools to deliver evidence-based treatment and improve patient outcomes while lowering costs.
 
With more than 25 million consults delivered in 60 countries and specialising in federal and commercial spaces, GlobalMed's virtual health platform deploys in its secure Azure environment and is used worldwide.