Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Long-Distance Medicine

 

continued

The person who first realized Pillai's blindness might be treatable was a medical student at the University of Michigan. For the last eight months, Pillai and four other residents of the Sri Lankan facility have received group medical consultations from five U-M medical students via Skype.

Naresh Gunaratnam, a gastroenterologist in Ann Arbor who was born in Sri Lanka, has worked with Grace since 2002, when the nonprofit was founded to house children and senior citizens affected by the civil war there.

For nearly a decade, Gunaratnam saw patients at Grace succumbing to illness for lack of medical intervention.

"It was very random and very reactive," he says. "We didn't have a systematic health care protocol. If [residents] got sick, we'd take them to the hospital. But there was no preventative care, there was no primary care."

Last October, using Skype and the electronic health record system Enki, he began connecting the Grace residents with medical students here for a pilot program in weekly primary care.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Jefferson Market?
Question Corner: April 2017
Tim Athan
Post Offices and Secretary of State
Ann Arbor Stone & Tile Opens
With three stores, Andrei Napau has a complicated commute.
Sabine Bickford
Ann Arbor Art Center
I Spy: March 2017
Sally Bjork
MacBrew
Drunken Shakespeare
Patrick Dunn
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Comedy, Storytelling, & Performance Art
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Today's Events
Environment
Regent Hotel
Volik championship May 22 to 28
A guide to senior living and services