2011 Archive

Telepulmonology Program Launched at UHC

Union Hospital Clinton now offers telepulmonology services. As with other telemedicine services provided by Union Hospital Clinton, physicians will be able to remotely consult with a pulmonary specialist to most effectively and efficiently treat patients, and provide a higher level of specialty care. The program will save many patients both time and money by treating cases that would normally require transfer to another facility.

"I am a strong advocate of telemedicine services," said Terri Hill, Union Hospital Clinton's Administrator. "Through them, we are able to bring specialty care directly to our patients without time consuming and costly transport out of town and away from their family. Our partnerships with other healthcare organizations are fundamental to bringing this level of expertise to our patients."

Patients in rural areas must overcome numerous barriers to access specialty healthcare services. The distance to reach larger health centers often places restrictions on access. Utilizing a generous grant from HRSA's Office for The Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, a national leader in the provision of telemedicine services, partnered with Union Hospital Clinton and UAP Pulmonology to set up the telepulmonology program.

Union Hospital Clinton has already built impressive relationships through its telecardiology and telemental health programs partnering with some of the best specialists in the region.

Others Learning from Union’s Telehealth Module

Telehealth is paving the way for greater access to healthcare in rural areas, and information about telehealth is in high demand. This demand has led to several national invitations for staff from the Union Hospital Richard G. Lugar for Rural Health to present our telehealth module.


Physician’s use of telemedicine shows how it can benefit you and your community (Indiana State Medical Association Newsletter)

When officials at Terre Haute North Vigo High School asked Randy Stevens, M.D., to help with the immunization clinic, he thought out of the box. Using telemedicine equipment from the Lugar Center for Rural Health, Dr. Stevens and three colleagues were able to participate from their office.

The school, along with several nurses, hosted the clinic so that approximately 700 students received the necessary vaccinations required by the state. While other doctors were on site, Dr. Stevens and his colleagues divided up the time and worked shifts.


RuralConsult.com Receives US Patent

Union Hospital received a patent on a new telemedicine technology that will improve access to specialty healthcare in rural areas. RuralConsult.com is a store-and-forward telemedicine system that allows primary care providers to get second opinions from specialists regarding difficult cases.

The technology was invented by James Buechler, M.D., director emeritus of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health; Evan Farmer, former chairman of dermatology at Indiana University; and Todd Smaka, former technology associate at the Lugar Center.


Student Shot Clinic Goes High-Tech


Video link over Internet used between school, clinic

Howard Greninger The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Holding a medical file, Carol Lucas stood next to a television screen with a computer camera hook-up, explaining that a student previously had chicken pox.


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michelle-smith“Telemedicine has allowed our patients to receive the care they need right here in Sullivan, IN. In our current challenging economic times, the more dollars we are able to retain locally the better off our community will be.”

- Michelle Franklin, CEO
Sullivan County
Community Hospital