High-tech monitoring helps hard-to-reach patients

Anne Helen Schneider, Alasdair James Mort, Christopher Stuart Mellish, Philip Wilson

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The first minutes of a medical emergency can be crucial for a patient’s chances of recovery, but what if that emergency happens in a rural setting, far away from help?

Scottish ambulance crews respond to more than 600,000 emergency incidents each year, providing a service to a population of 5.2 million people. Almost one million of these people live in rural areas and even though the service has more than 450 ambulances, reaching them quickly in an emergency can be tough.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2013

Bibliographical note

Anne Schneider receives funding from the RCUK dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub, University of Ab- erdeen (Grant reference: EP/G066051/1).

Alasdair Mort conducts research supported by the award made by the RCUK Digital Economy programme to the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub; award reference: EP/G066051/1

Chris Mellish receives funding from RCUK through the Digital Economy programme.

Philip Wilson receives funding from EPSRC as a co-investigator in the the dot.rural digital economy programme.


  • Digital economy
  • Rural health
  • Medical care
  • Accident and Emergency


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