What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is a broad term for the different ways providers use technology to connect with patients and community providers across our region. Telemedicine services have expanded over the years as a way of improving rural communities’ access to care, and these services greatly benefit both patients and providers.
Clinic-based video appointments
These appointments, located at a clinic near you, connect you and a Morgantown-based specialist using special audio and video equipment. This method allows two-way, real time interactive communication. Any questions you might have about your condition or treatment options can be discussed during the telemedicine visit, just like an in-person visit.
Community providers also use telemedicine services to discuss your case and plan your care. Collaboration and cooperation keeps your medical team informed and involved, meaning better care for you with less travel required.
Various medical devices are sometimes used to monitor chronic conditions, and can often signal a problem before you experience any symptoms. Home monitoring can potentially save you a trip to the emergency department while allowing your provider to make necessary adjustments to your treatment.
Remotely monitoring chronic conditions with special equipment we provide helps prevent hospital readmissions, reduces healthcare costs, and increases independence for patients.
WVU Medicine now offers virtual outpatient appointments (for established patients), virtual urgent care services, and questionnaire-based e-visits via a mobile device or home computer. Video visits are similar to a clinic-based video appointment, but they take place via MyWVUChart, our online patient portal, using your own device at home. This service requires a stable and reliable cellular or internet connection.
What about tests and imaging?
If imaging or medical testing is needed, your telemedicine provider will order exams with your primary care provider or at the nearest WVU Medicine-affiliated clinic. A board-certified physician will review any diagnostic tests and make recommendations about treatment or follow-up appointments.
Any photographs of your symptoms will be securely shared with your provider through MyWVUChart.
WVU Medicine Summersville Regional Medical Center has expanded its specialty services through WVU Medicine’s telemedicine program, allowing you have an appointment with a Morgantown-based specialist without leaving Nicholas County. Your local medical team and WVU specialist will work together to plan your treatment, requiring less travel. The care you need is now available right here — when you need it — thanks to telemedicine.
Summersville Regional Medical Center offers specialized care in these areas via telemedicine services:
- Infectious disease
- Lipid Management
- Neurology – stroke, headache
- Pain Management
- Preoperative Evaluation/Surgery
- Thoracic Surgery
- Adolescent Medicine