Program Description - Benefits

Benefits 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 St. Alexius Medical Center, which may also increase referral base for St. Alexius 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.