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TEREM Celebrates First Decade; Launches Cutting Edge Teleradiology Service

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Dr. David Applebaum, founder and director of TEREM Immediate Medical Care, Israel's first free standing emergency facility which today encompasses six primary care and emergency care clinics, was feted by the mayors of Jerusalem, Maaleh Adumim, and Modiin, as well Magen David Adom Director Avi Zohar, the leaders of the four kupot cholim, and officials from the Health Ministry at a gala 10th anniversary celebration. "TEREM changed the map of emergency medicine in Israel," said Dr. Koby Asaf, Director of Emergency Medicine at Hadassah Ein Karem.

In Yerushalayim TEREM operates the emergency care clinic in the Magen David Adom building in Romema. According to a booklet it published in connection with this anniversary, "TEREM in run according to the mitzvas that are associated with medicine . . . TEREM insists on hiddur in connection with medical care. Not only a pleasing esrog, but also a pleasing clinic and pleasant medical care. In TEREM, all melochos on Shabbos are performed by a professional, highly competent, non-Jewish staff. The mitzvah of gemilus chassodim motivates TEREM . . . At TEREM we see our work as avodas kodesh . . .

TEREM and Diagnostic Imaging, Ltd. are marking their 10th Anniversary with the introduction of teleradiology services, further bolstering quality patient-care with the latest cutting-edge technology. Teleradiology is the electronic transmission of radiological images, including x-rays, sonograms, CAT scans, MRIs, and nuclear medicine, from one location to another. Teleradiology improves access to quality radiological interpretations and thus significantly enhances patient care, especially in medical facilities without immediate or on-site radiologist support, as well as in on- call situations. Users in different locations can simultaneously view images for review and consultation.

"This teleradiology service means that doctors and patients will have round the clock access to a radiologist for quick, accurate diagnoses," said Dr. Applebaum.

Every year, 100,000 patients are treated at the six TEREM clinics -- including clinics for emergency care and primary care -- located in Jerusalem, Maaleh Adumim and Modiin. Over 70,000 people were treated in 1999 at the free standing emergency clinic in Romema alone, more than the number treated at Hadassah's emergency room, double the number of Sha'arei Tzedek and four times the number of people treated at Bikur Cholim's emergency room.

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