Access to primary care physicians and specialists is a challenge for many in rural North Florida. The lack of transportation and local healthcare resources results in many doing without critical health care services. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is revolutionizing how care is provided in the region through the development of a regional telemedicine network that allows physicians to see patients in remote locations. The telemedicine program is successfully delivering care to those that need it most, where they need it and at a lower cost.
New technologies are creating a new, more efficient model of care across the economic and geographic spectrum. Technology-enabled health services have created new opportunities for patients to receive the care they need, for information to be shared effectively, and for maximizing resources across the health care system.
Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, professional health-related education, public health, and health administration. Telehealth encompasses a broader definition of remote healthcare that does not always involve clinical services. Videoconferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education and nursing call centers are all considered part of Telehealth.
Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients' health status.
Uses for Telemedicine
- Trauma – telestroke, consults, transfers
- Specialty consults
- Expanding Transition Care
- Increasing access in rural communities
- Education and training
Benefits of Telemedicine
- Increases access
- Reduces costs
- Improves patient outcomes
- Increases quality and continuity of care
- Expands education and training
- Supports rural communities
- Allows for remote monitoring
- Supports early intervention
For more information on Telemedicine and how this program could benefit your patients, contact 850-431-4043.