Program Description - Benefits

Telemedicine ViewBenefits of Rural Telemedicine Programs:

  • Keep patients in their own communities for healthcare when feasible.
  • Provide specialty care services to rural areas.
  • More efficient use of medical resources which may lessen amount of travel time for specialists and patients.
  • The on-site primary care provider receives quick, efficiently guided consults.
  • Primary care providers find that treatment of subsequent patients with similar presenting symptoms can be handled with more efficiency and less need for specialist input.
  • Improve patient and family involvement in their own care.
  • Reduced physician isolation in rural areas.
  • Increased financial viability of rural medical facilites.
  • Strengthen the rural economy by keeping the flow of financial resources in the local communities.
  • Continuity of patient care is enhanced when the patient, primary care physician, specialist, and family are all involved during the consultation. If patient requires transfer to a tertiary facility, they have already met the physician who will be caring for them, thus offering reassurance to the patient.
  • Strengthen the relationships between rural facilities and CHI St. Alexius Health, which may also increase referral base for CHI St. Alexius Health and associated physicians.

Benefits of Nursing Home Telemedicine Programs:

  • Provides medical services at the point of care, where the patient resides, with all the comforts of home.
  • Allows the nursing home resident's nurse to participate in the "clinic visit" and discussion with the attending physician, which improves the continuity of care.
  • Limits the physical hardship which can sometimes accompany a trip to the clinic, especially in adverse weather.
  • Provide follow-up support services such as: hospice care conferences, continence management services, post surgical clinic visits, physical therapy, respiratory care.
  • Time savings when seeing residents whose mobility is quite impaired.
  • Decrease frequency of transporting residents for routine clinic visits.
  • Decrease the occurrence of extended periods of time spent in waiting rooms.
  • Improved quality, efficiency and continuity of care to nursing home residents.
  • Determine if the nursing home resident needs emergency care.
  • Improve collaboration with nurse practitioners/physician assistants, when applicable, to provide optimal patient care.
  • Professional development and other educational training.