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What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is a virtual consultation with a physician that provides access to evaluation and treatment for patients in remote areas. Many small, rural hospitals lack specialists in various disciplines, and telemedicine allows much of the needed care to be delivered through the use of simple applications that are very similar to FaceTime or Skype with extra precautions built in to maintain privacy.
Telemedicine programs facilitate access to expertise across multiple specialties. This technology is not limited to the emergency room or even acute care. We can utilize telemedicine to connect with patients who live far away or are too ill to travel. WVU Medicine currently serves several counties in West Virginia and one in western Maryland with plans on the horizon to increase our partnerships throughout the region.
Services available by telemedicine
Heart and Vascular Services
Outpatient heart and vascular services such as consults and follow-up care to underserved, rural areas. Increased convenience and access to specialty services.
Remote consults and co-management of high-risk and at-risk obstetrical patients. Early interventions to help prevent progression of obstetrical complications. Increased chance of local delivery.
The teleneurology program at WVU Medicine provides expert neurological evaluation for patients suffering from neurological conditions such as headaches, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. Using video conferencing, teleneurology brings a specialist with neurologic expertise to the patient’s bedside. With a single phone call, doctors in the local emergency department or inpatient unit can quickly connect with a WVU Medicine specialist who has the ability to see and interact with the patient and their family directly.
Outpatient nephrology services such as consults and follow-up care to underserved, rural areas. Increased convenience and access to specialty services.
Level-IV NICU board-certified neonatologists at WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial use dedicated video-conferencing equipment to interact with and examine NICU patients at remote hospitals. This technology allows physicians to share information during examinations in real time, greatly improving the speed at which a diagnosis or transfer decision can be made.
Enhanced provider and patient access to underserved pediatric subspecialties. Decreased wait time, travel, and missed work and school days. Available Subspecialties: Cardiology, Endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics, infectious disease, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.
Outpatient tele-psychiatric services to underserved, rural areas. Increased convenience and access to mental health services for patients.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote monitoring and proactive care for at-home patients. Convenient management of chronic conditions. Reduced hospital readmission rates, emergency room visits, and patient costs.
Telestroke is another essential program that falls under the telemedicine umbrella. This on-demand expertise helps rural hospitals quickly evaluate and treat potential stroke patients, without losing precious time until the administration of critical therapy.
We also offer the opportunity to participate in our stroke support groups virtually from a patient’s own home or local hospital. For more information about the group click on Stroke Support.