Thanks to a $4 million gift from Lockheed Martin, UCLA Health's Operation Mend now has a state-of-the-art telehealth suite, which will enable improved communication between the program's personnel, patients and partners, and a renovated recovery area for the wounded warriors who undergo surgery at the Westwood facility. The new Lockheed Martin UCLA TeleHealth Suite sets a new benchmark for face-to-face telecommunications, enabling better consultation, collaboration and coordinated care among UCLA, members of the military, patients and other medical institutions, and fostering innovative new research in the field of regenerative medicine for military veterans and active-duty service members.
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From a high-rise medical center in Los Angeles, UCLA physicians will be able to examine the war wounds of veterans in a military hospital in Texas or as far east as Maryland and even across the Atlantic Ocean and into Germany. They will see brain injuries in real time, diagnose hearing problems, talk with family members who are caregivers and find the best treatment for the men and women who suffer from the invisible injuries of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, thanks to images soon to be beamed to them on two dozen telehealth monitors.
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Photo: Ronald Katz, founder of Operation Mend, is in UCLA's Lockheed Martin TeleHealth Suite (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)