Telemedicine: “the
use of medical
information
exchanged from
one site to another
via electronic
communications to
improve ...
PURPOSE OF TELEMEDICINE

• Improved Outcomes for patients
• Lower Costs for patients and
providers
• Increased Access to c...
HOW TELEMEDICINE IS UTILIZED
• Two-way Video – patient-to-physician and physician-tophysician
• Email – communication betw...
RURAL POPULATIONS
Providing
specialty care to
rural populations
is difficult:

•

Lack of specialists
available

•

Lack o...
HOW TELEMEDICINE WOULD HELP RURAL
POPULATIONS AND OUR HOSPITAL
• Increased Patient Satisfaction
• Access to speaking with ...
HOW TELEMEDICINE WOULD HELP RURAL
POPULATIONS AND OUR HOSPITAL
• Keep medical talent
• Oftentimes recruiting and keeping p...
HOW TELEMEDICINE WOULD HELP RURAL
POPULATIONS AND OUR HOSPITAL
• Increased Access to Specialty Care
• Physicians are able ...
HOW TELEMEDICINE WOULD HELP RURAL
POPULATIONS AND OUR HOSPITAL
• Decreased Cost
• Enables preventative medicine (remote mo...
DRAWBACKS

• Startup costs can
be expensive
• Willingness of
providers and
patients to use the
technology
• Loss of face-t...
Telemedicine in Rural Areas
Telemedicine in Rural Areas
Telemedicine in Rural Areas
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Telemedicine in Rural Areas

  1. 1. Telemedicine: “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status”
  2. 2. PURPOSE OF TELEMEDICINE • Improved Outcomes for patients • Lower Costs for patients and providers • Increased Access to care • Increased Quality of care
  3. 3. HOW TELEMEDICINE IS UTILIZED • Two-way Video – patient-to-physician and physician-tophysician • Email – communication between patients and physicians • Smart phones • IPads • Computers • Remote Monitoring Devices • Typically used for patients and physicians to monitor recurring conditions
  4. 4. RURAL POPULATIONS Providing specialty care to rural populations is difficult: • Lack of specialists available • Lack of medical technology or facilities needed • • Limited hours for appointments • Lack of after-hours care • Distance from facility • Lack of ability to get to doctor’s office or hospital Long wait times
  5. 5. HOW TELEMEDICINE WOULD HELP RURAL POPULATIONS AND OUR HOSPITAL • Increased Patient Satisfaction • Access to speaking with physicians – email, video conferencing, standing telemed appointments • Remote Monitoring • Technology in the home that monitors certain conditions on a day-to-day basis in order to send that information to the physician directly from the home of the patient • Beneficial for chronic conditions – CHF, Diabetes, Hypertension
  6. 6. HOW TELEMEDICINE WOULD HELP RURAL POPULATIONS AND OUR HOSPITAL • Keep medical talent • Oftentimes recruiting and keeping physicians in rural areas is difficult. Providing increased access to consultations and involvement with specialists and metro-area hospitals allows physicians to interact and work with other specialists and areas of the state/country • Positive Patient Outcomes • Increased access to specialty care  positive outcomes
  7. 7. HOW TELEMEDICINE WOULD HELP RURAL POPULATIONS AND OUR HOSPITAL • Increased Access to Specialty Care • Physicians are able to meet with other physicians on the phone or via videoconferencing to discuss complex cases • Patients can Consult with Specialists • Don’t have to leave hospital to go see a specialist elsewhere – keep business in-house
  8. 8. HOW TELEMEDICINE WOULD HELP RURAL POPULATIONS AND OUR HOSPITAL • Decreased Cost • Enables preventative medicine (remote monitoring) • Costs aren’t high due to emergency visits and hospital stays due to constant monitoring, communication and access to specialists • Fewer readmission penalties
  9. 9. DRAWBACKS • Startup costs can be expensive • Willingness of providers and patients to use the technology • Loss of face-to-face contact between physician and patient

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