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A reliable teleconferencing provider is key to delivering priority patient care. It’s faster and more efficient to provide patient solutions with quick and easy connections. Discussing health information with an individual or a large group of professionals – including x-rays and other medical data – is now easy through reliable solutions.
Lindsay Abrams at The Atlantic recently published a story about the Avera Health Network, a long-distance critical care center in Sioux Falls,South Dakota. A full staff of doctors reports to the care center everyday – even though the facility sees no patients physically on site. Instead, the center uses telemedicine technology to provide expert clinical assistance to more than 70 rural communities in the surrounding four states:
“In these small-town hospitals, which often have 25 or fewer beds, South Dakota’s largest city is the closest available source of comprehensive healthcare. The people who choose to live in small, geographically isolated communities throughout the Midwestare used to making the trek — long car rides come standard with country life. But during emergencies, the up-to 200 miles to Sioux Falls becomes very, very far away."
“But when the call comes in the middle of the night, with the push of a button — mounted right on the ER’s wall — the nurses on-duty are able to connect with ER doctors in Sioux Falls, who have been waiting, in their patient-less hospital, for their call.”
The Avera Health Network uses high-definition video conferencing and other network tools to provide a variety of telemedicine services to remote clinical locations, including specialist consultations, remote monitoring of intensive care unit (ICU) patients, pharmaceutical support, and more. The network is now expanding to other applications, including supporting nursing homes and prison infirmaries. According to Abrams, the programs are yielding major results:
“As of October, they report an 18 percent decrease in ambulance and helicopter transfers to major hospitals, equating to $6.6 million saved. What’s more, every time they’re able to maximize a small community’s ability to care for its patients on-site, they’re keeping health care dollars in the local economy. In the long run, they hope for the programs to be self-sustaining.”
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