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.

Thanks to the team effort of Bryan Health and CHI St. Elizabeth, health care is available and convenient regardless of where a person lives in Nebraska. By forming partnerships with rural hospitals they are able to provide diagnostic care and assessment in specialized areas including mental health, burns, prenatal, trauma and acute care. That means patients need not always travel for hours to receive follow-up treatment.

Primary medical care is scarce in rural Alaska communities. Partnerships between federal government, telecommunications providers and medical organizations have helped bring primary care to these isolated patients.

Medview MD, a private medical company in Canada demonstrates their primary care clinics in retail pharmacies throughout Canada.  The placement of their services inside pharmacies is convenient for patients and it helps bring in new customers for the pharmacies.

MedviewMD, a private company, hopes to open its second studio, following a location in North Bay earlier this fall, by the middle of next week, with the aim of giving Sudburians "orphaned" by the system and without primary health-care physicians an option other than the emergency room.

MercyCare Community Physicians and a local grocery store make it very convenient for patients in Cedar Rapids, IA to get a quick check up for things like coughs, colds, illneses, skins rashes, simple injuries, etc.  Located inside the store adjacent to their pharmacy, makes it part of customers' one-stop-shopping experience. 

The Baystate Health telemedicine program connects speciality doctors with patients, without requiring the patients to travel far from their home communities. They are currently leveraging telemedicine to service patients in rural community medical centers for stroke, infectious disease, geriatrics and palliative care.

 

The Kirkjubaejarklaustur clinic, part of Heilbrigdisstofnun Sudurlands (Health Suderlands HSU), is the first healthcare facility in Iceland to implement a clinical telemedicine program of its kind. Located in a small town (in the middle of nowhere), this rural community clinic is surprisingly busy during the tourist season (May-Sept) - they see up to 60 patients per day! The use of AGNES Interactive and the IMEDS Clinical Telemedicine System allows them to access dermatologists, cardiologists and other specialty providers in real-time to address their patient's immediate medical needs.

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