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.

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.

 

As telemedicine may not be the best care plan for all specialties, being able to have instant access to specialized help is especially essential for stroke victims. "After suffering a stroke, about two million brain cells die every minute that someone goes without treatment",  says Dr. Mackey from Indiana University Health Stroke Telemedicine Program.  With telemedicine, specialists like Dr. Mackey can now provide instant feedback to multiple patients.

Follow up appointments from surgery are easily addressed through telemedicine consults. Freeman Health System has partnered with Children's Mercy Kansas City to provide the same quality appointment services as they would in person.  Specialty medical devices and equipment such as AMD's General Examination Camera and ENT Otoscope, provide them with the tools to do a follow up clinical exam from a remote location.

SSM Healthcare in Oklahoma and St. Anthony Hospital expand their patient care to rural communities through the use of telemedicine technology.  One such example is their tele-dermatology program which allows them to support primary care physicians by co-managing patient care and provide specialist advice for treatment plans. Renee Grau, the Medical Director at Saints Dermatology Center for Excellence comments that dermatology is one of the best applications for telemedicine, adding "...digital photography has become the stethoscope of the dermatologist...".

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center helps deliver care for pediatric patients at the Comanche County Memorial Hospital. AMD"s General Examination Camera is used to capture high quality medical video that is critical in helping the remote pediatric specialist assess this tiny patient. (Source: Heartland Telehealth Resource Center and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)

AMD's diagnostic devices are used in Cisco's Connected Healthy Kids Program which allows doctors to conduct virtual consultation with out-of-area patients across the world.

Saluda Medical Center is knocking down walls with AMD Global Telemedicine solutions. Not literal walls at its medical facility, but figurative walls that will give the center access to doctors across the state. The facility now has a telemedicine workstation, which will allow doctors to see patients without being in the room. The telemedicine equipment, will connect the medical center to specialists all over North Carolina.

Byrd Regional connects rural patients to LSUHSC

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