Most people are familiar with MASH units--Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals--from the long-running TV show: highly mobile prefab tents, surgeons, nurses, and medical supplies that could bring medical aid wherever it was needed.
|Inside a MAST unit (AMD photo)|
AMD President Eric Bacon told Settles that MAST units (formally called Jenysis Healthcare Solutions) avoid the logistical headache of trying to give people modern treatment in remote areas with spotty or no telephone access. The units can be delivered by truck or helicopter and can be fully assembled in 15 minutes. They're completely self-contained with water, solar panels for power, HVAC, satellite communications, and broadband connection ports. The basic units are set up for easy access to telemedicine services. And communities can customize the units with other equipment for specialized needs such as pediatric care.
Jenysis has been deploying their mobile healthcare units in disasters and other areas in need of health care for more than 20 years, according to a company representative; the telemedicine component is new though. The representative could not say how much the units cost to deploy.