Caring for Astronauts in Space: The Role of Telemedicine at NASA
10:00am - 11:00amThursday, March 8
Las Vegas - Venetian Convention Center
Several times a year, a new team of astronauts is launched to the International Space Station, where they stay for six months to one year, performing engineering tasks, research, maintenance and upgrades. During this time, access to medical care is crucial, as altered routines and microgravity have deconditioning effects on crew members' bone and muscle, fluid distribution and immune function. Examine NASA's current use of telemedicine in the care of astronauts in orbit, and learn about opportunities being considered for future exploration class missions.
Discuss the on orbit capability currently present to support telemedicine in the NASA program
Discuss future telemedicine challenges looming for longer duration deep-space missions
Assess the factors needed for a successful telemedicine program