There are 33 active telehealth and telemedicine projects in the North Country Telehealth Partnership, covering a vast 11-county area of New Year that's home to some of the most remote and underserved regions east of the Mississippi. Hear how Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and Adirondack Health Institute have partnered together to extend clinical capacity across the state.

A combined effort by the Santana Telehealth Project, Milagro Foundation, Foundation for the Children of the Californias has truly made a difference in the healthcare and well being of children in Mexico. With donated telemedicine equipment from AMD, they are expanding the reach of medical and preventative care for underserved communities.

The service uses technology that allows the GP to measure patients’ vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure. The doctor can also record images of the area of complaint, such as the throat, middle ear, skin and eyes, and listen to heart and lung sounds.

Rural communities such as North Country in New York, have populations too small to support having specialists at their local hospitals or clinics.  However through the use of telemedicine technologies, these patients now have access to specialists for services such as counseling, diagnostics and neurological assessments. The North Country Telehealth Partnership is an initiative of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, who has reported tremendous growth for their program over the past few years, from 40 telemedicine appointments in 2014 to 1300 appointments in 2016.

Crothersville Community Schools, the Scott County School District and Southwestern Jefferson County Schools Consolidated are the first southern Indiana school districts offering sick students a digital doctors visit. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Indiana Rural Health Association and the schools, student will soon have access to better healthcare - and they won't have to go farther than the school nurse's office. Read more about it the Madison Courier article at http://bit.ly/2g9xWXp

A collaborative partnership between Managed Health Services, Indiana Rural Health Association, Elwood Community School Corporation, Aspire Indiana and St. Vincent Mercy allowed Elwood school district to open a telehealth clinic in their school nurse's office.Using telemedicine technologies such as AGNES Interactive and connected medical devices, the school nurse can connect to a remote provider over video conferencing, and show them a close up of the physical ailment that is bothering the child. Remote providers are then able to make a diagnosis and write a prescription for the student without the child having to leave school for an appointment.

MedviewMD from Chatham, Ont. has set up telemedicine clinics in four pharmacies in Kamloops, Langley and Chilliwack. Customers can quickly renew prescriptions by meeting via video link with a doctor in Ontario, and it’s all covered under B.C.’s medical services plan (MSP).

Brining healthcare successfully to rural Crisfield and Smith Island, Maryland has been one of the county's largest challenges. Access to care not only makes an impact on treating patients with chronic conditions, but it also promotes positive and healthy behaviors throughout the community.   AMD's Telemed ED clinical telemedicine system has helped Crisfield Clinic deliver primary and specialty care to patient's in their own community. With the help of MATRC, Crisfield Clinic was able to develop a successful telemedicine program.

Every minute counts when treating a patient with stroke symptoms, and four north country hospitals now have technology available to help them make quick, informed decisions and save lives.  The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization provides telemedicine access to numerous hospitals and health care agencies in the north counry.  Through a partnership with Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, Samaritan Medical Center, Carthage Area Hospital, River Hospital in Alexandria Bay and Ogdensburg’s Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center have all begun using telemedicine to rapidly treat stroke sufferers that arrive in their emergency departments.

A recently launched telemedicine program provides the underserved patient population on the island of Guam, with cost-effective real-time access to secure medical consultation services from specialists an ocean away. The Department of Public Health and Social Services and Good Samaritan Hospital partner to connect patients in Guam with medical staff in Los Angeles.

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