In 800 AD a small group of intrepid Norsemen took a chance and sailed to an archipelago in the Nordic Sea. A desolate, inhospitable and remote place, 700km away from the nearest land mass. Last month, the Faroe Islands had a second, even smaller invasion as TMC’s Soren Jensen, account manager for Scandinavia, paid the islanders a long overdue visit. Why? Because there is a great opportunity to connect them to better medical treatment through our model…
These remote, windswept islands, populated by less than 50,000 hardy folk, are separated from sophisticated medical technology and support by a vast hostile sea and inclement weather. So what happens when these tough people need medical attention?
Currently, they do what they can at their hospital. But for more complex cases they have to fly to the nearest alternative hospital, more than 700 km away. This is expensive, inconvenient and not ideal from a medical perspective. So in 2014, TMC stepped in with a solution: bringing quality diagnosis to the Faroe Islands through remote teleradiology.
“Right now, they’ve only got one full-time radiologist who is about to retire, so I thought this would be a great time to pay them a visit to discuss how we can help them more,” says Soren.
“Having spent a few days getting to know the medical teams at the hospitals, discussing potential plans for the future and finding ways in which we can increase co-operation, we believe TMC can really help to improve the quality of the lives of the islanders by improving the scanning and diagnosis that’s available. This means fewer patients would have to fly away for treatment and costs would fall for the islanders. Our talks are continuing. We think there are lots of opportunities… and so do they.”