VIGILINT and Cleveland Clinic are teaming-up to offer the Global MedAssist Program (GMAP), a telemedicine program available at anytime from anywhere in the world.
This collaboration combines VIGILINT's emergency physicians and emergency preparedness experts with Cleveland Clinic's global practice of physicians and specialists. GMAP provides 24/7/365 medical assistance for travelers worldwide. Created in response to the increased demand for high-level medical care and consultations for global travelers, the distance health collaboration augments existing health insurance with on-demand, full-spectrum care through a single point of contact.
"Combining the expertise and capabilities of both organizations provides access and proper guidance on medical issues that may arise to those traveling internationally," added Jonathan Schaffer, MD, MBA, FACS, Managing Director, Cleveland Clinic Distance Health My Consult. "As a leader in telemedicine and distance health initiatives, GMAP has been developed to remove the geographic barriers to care, anywhere, anytime. We are delighted to be a part of this collaboration."
The foundation of GMAP is its 24/7/365 medical operations center, integrating innovative technology and advanced telemedicine intelligence with highly trained operations analysts and proprietary data sources. One call to the Medical Operations Center and the seamless network of care begins. The GMAP team includes VIGILINT physicians that have previous experience with the military, National Security Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House Medical Unit, and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health & Human Services, combined with Cleveland Clinic's more than 3,000 physicians practicing in 140 medical specialties and subspecialties.
According to Merck Manual, one in three travelers will experience a medical issue while abroad, one in 30 will need to seek emergency medical care, and 17 percent of travelers admitted to hospitals require aeromedical transfer. GMAP was created to address and mitigate these realities of international travel.