Rapidly Scaling Telemedicine in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, June 25, 2020


Telemedicine was already a necessity for many health care providers working with patients in post-conflict zones. We’re now seeing developed nations adopting telemedicine approaches in a COVID world. What can tech innovators and medical leaders working in developing settings teach us about telemedicine practices? Learn from Dr. Mohamed Aburawi, Founder of Speetar Health, and Dr. Wendy Matos, Director of Telemedicine, Puerto Rico Public Health Trust about their experience with telemedicine and shifts we’re seeing now.

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Dr. Mohamed Aburawi

Dr. Mohamed Aburawi is a Libyan doctor working to address systemic healthcare shortcomings in low resource settings. In 2011, when the Libyan Civil War broke out in his final year of medical school, he rallied volunteers to offer frontline surgical care to civilians fleeing battle zones. His focus on rebuilding and transforming healthcare systems lead him to found Speetar, a disruptive telehealth platform awarded by Harvard and supported by MIT Sandbox, linking under-served populations to culture and language-matched specialists.

Dr. Wendy Matos

Dr. Wendy Matos the Executive Director of the Faculty Practice Plan for the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. She oversees 468 physicians working at 29 sites across Puerto Rico, covering 91 specialty groups. The doctors she oversee comprise the largest network of medical specialists and sub-specialists in Puerto Rico.