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What is Telehealth, Why Telehealth and Telehealth Demo - Joe Tracy

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Second of three presentations on "What is Telehealth, Why Telehealth and Telehealth Demo" for the Pennsylvania Telehealth Roundtable that took place on September 30, 2014.
  • 1. Telehealth/Telemedicine - When a Picture is Worth 1000 Words and a Whole Lot More Pennsylvania Telehealth Roundtable September 30, 2014 2014 Lehigh Valley Health Network Joe Tracy Vice President -Telehealth Services Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • 2. Telehealth Back to the Future
  • 3. Back to the Future
  • 4. Emergency Telephone Call Burn Remote Physician Description 83 year-old male Burned his lower leg yesterday while burning brush with gasoline. His burn looks to be about 0.5% TBSA. Wound is pink and moist with blistering. Patient has a history of diabetes and heart disease as well as mild dementia. I would like to treat him here and refer if there are any complications with healing.
  • 5. Additional Conversation Burn Surgeon: Is his pain controlled and does there appear to be any signs or symptoms of cellulitis. Remote Dr.: His pain is controlled and he does not have any signs of cellulitis. His wound looks pink. Burn Surgeon: Does the wound blanch? Remote Dr.: It appears to blanch in the area of blister..
  • 6. Case Summary TELEPHONE Same verbal communication No Visual .5% burn TBSA Pt. probably treated local and sent home. Big chance for infection If wound becomes infected two surgeries vs. one TELEHEALTH Same verbal communication Couple Digital Pics 1.5% burn TBSA Pt. transferred to LVHN Burn Center No infection due to timely treatment One surgery next day discharged on day 5
  • 7. Important Summary Points Telehealth provides a better assessment of the patient! Payor implications two surgeries vs. one and corresponding LOS differences. Think about the legal issues of mistreatment. MOST IMPORTANT think about the implications for the patient. Better health, better care, better cost.
  • 8. Important Themes Improve ACCESS to care. Improve QUALITY extending the reach of specialists using advanced technologies. Reduce COST by providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place. Add VALUE to the healthcare institutions across the Commonwealth.
  • 9. Telehealth In Pennsylvania Burn Infectious Diseases Critical Care Stroke Parkinson's Disease High Risk Obstetrics Schools Psych/Mental Health Remote Pt. Monitoring Wound Care Trauma Genetic Counseling Cardiology Pediatrics Neonatal ICU Radiology Dermatology Pathology Interpreter Services Surgical Follow-up
  • 10. Telemedicine isnt so much about practicing medicine differently, its about using cars differently. Jack Moncrief, MD University of Missouri Telemedicine Grand Rounds 10/30/98
  • 11. Contact Information: [email protected]

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