FEATURED ARTICLES: TELEHEALTH
Tele-ICU Improves Survival Rates
Using telemedicine in the ICU increases patient survival rates, speeds up discharges By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Telehealth Reduces ED Errors
Rural emergency department doctors make fewer medication errors when they consult with other physicians via video conferencing By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Telehealth And Its Applications
Telehealth, sometimes called telemedicine, offers patients and physicians a way to communicate that bypasses the traditional office visit yet provides excellent care through the magic of webcam and smartphones. Telehealth began as a way to reach those in very remote areas who didn't have ready access to a doctor. Today, telehealth has crept into everyday healthcare, allowing doctors to extend their services, monitor chronic conditions, and possibly halt a health problem before it becomes serious. By Shannon Dauphin Lee
CASE STUDIES & WHITE PAPERS
Organization Secures Patient Data And Remotely Pushes Documents And Apps To Mobile Devices
This organization wanted to leverage smart mobile device technology for better patient care, improved operational efficiency and to ensure adherence to stringent government regulatory standards. The organization wanted to move towards “untethered clinical computing” using smart devices.
Texting Solution Changes The Way Caregivers Communicate At Frisbie Memorial Hospital
In an effort to address the larger floor space, hospital planners placed nursing substations throughout the units, rather than relying on a central nurse’s station. Caregivers quickly noticed that even with the distributed arrangement, challenges abounded.
Cedars-Sinai Significantly Improves Clinical Staff Communications
Cedars-Sinai needed to optimize clinical communication to include secure, two-way texting capabilities, voice and alert delivery while eliminating the need to carry multiple devices. The optimal solution would replace the obsolete phone system, reroute some of the paging functions to alerts or text messages, and use a presence-based directory to improve the clinical staff’s real-time communication.
Wireless Patient Monitoring Devices Solve Telecommunications Challenges
When care providers at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, the largest Home Care & Hospice agency in Maine, initially launched their telehealth program, they were quickly able to see positive results from utilizing Honeywell’s Genesis family of remote patient monitoring devices to track the daily vital signs of patients and streamline patient-acquired data into one internet-accessible clinical dashboard.
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Goodbye Healthcare Technology Online, Hello Health IT Outcomes
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TELEHEALTH MAGAZINE ARTICLES
Intermountain’s Telehealth Triumph
Intermountain Healthcare is changing the telehealth paradigm by abandoning departmental applications of the technology in favor of a system-wide telehealth infrastructure.
The Rise Of mHealth
Healthcare is currently wrapped in a cloud of mobility, but what applications hold the most promise for providers and their patients, and what does the future hold?
Can Telehealth Become Mainstream Medicine?
As the healthcare industry moves toward adopting more technology, telehealth programs are popping up around the country. Two healthcare facilities explain how their telehealth systems keep patients connected and improve care quality.
Not surprisingly, EHR Adoption & Meaningful Use tops our list of health IT trends again this year, but as the healthcare landscape becomes more electronic, some interesting new IT initiatives are beginning to emerge.
As recently as five years ago, it seemed that investment in health IT systems was an activity reserved for larger hospitals and IDNs. Many small to midsize community hospitals, by contrast, still relied heavily on paper systems and manual processes.
Florida Hospital Celebration Health credits the right mix of process change and technology for a patient engagement effort that has resulted in improved staff communication and patient pain control.
While it may not be the sexiest mobile application, North York General Hospital says closed-loop medication administration delivers immediate patient benefits that can provide hospitals with a solid foundation for ongoing quality care.
Telehealth (Telemedicine) is a term used to define the technology doctors, nurses, and patients use to aid in long-distance healthcare. Telehealth applications generally fall into three categories.
Store-and-forward applications allow providers to capture and share patient images and data outside of the patient’s healthcare facility. Remote monitoring applications involve the use of sensors and alerts that transmit patient data to a healthcare provider. This eliminates the need for the patient to frequently visit the healthcare facility and also allows the provider to monitor patient conditions in real time. This is especially useful on chronic disease management applications. Finally, interactive telehealth solutions allow providers and patients to interact in real time using wireless, video, and remote diagnostic technologies. These interactive applications can be especially useful when providers and patients are separated by great distances or in rural settings.
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