Dr. Rifat Latifi elected to Board of ISfTeH

UAE – Dr. Rifat Latifi, Medical Director of Trauma Services at HMC’s Hamad General Hospital, has been elected to the Board of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH).

The not-for-profit Society facilitates the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in the fields of telemedicine and eHealth and provides access to recognized experts in the field worldwide.

Dr. Latifi joins an international board of nine other members from Switzerland, the USA, Belgium, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany and Russia.

In addition to his current post at HMC, which he has held since January 2011, Dr. Latifi is also Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona in the USA and the President and Founder of the International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation; the US-based not-for-profit organization’s telemedicine program for the Balkans and other countries has received worldwide recognition.

Hamad General Hospital’s Trauma Center is one of the leading centers for the care of injured patients in the Middle East. As part of the award-winning Trauma Center team headed by Dr. Hassan Al Thani, Dr. Latifi has helped transform trauma care in a region where trauma is a major cause of death and disability. Hamad General Hospital’s Trauma Center is seeking Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons and practices the highest international standards in trauma care.

Dr. Latifi is an internationally recognized expert in the field of telemedicine. A rapidly developing application of clinical medicine, telemedicine allows physicians to provide care to patients at a distance using telecommunication and information technology: for instance, conducting live consultations over video. It improves access to medical care for patients who live far from the main hospitals, and can save lives in emergencies or where critical care is needed.

Dr. Latifi has been working to transform healthcare and medical education worldwide through telemedicine and advanced medical technologies by creating and establishing self-sustainable telemedicine and eHealth programs around the world, particularly in the developing world.

“Today, with all the technologies around us, there is no reason for anyone to die or suffer significant morbidity from trauma because there was no expert present. Telemedicine and advanced technologies make it possible for any one of us to be telepresent in any part of the world, at any time,” says Dr. Latifi.

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