- Created on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:43
Clay City Center for Family Medicine (CCCFM) in collaboration Providence Medical Group Cardiology is proud to announce the addition of a new outpatient telecardiology service line. Due to a generous grant award made to Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center of Health from the Health Resources Services Administration's (HRSA) Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (grant # H2ARH20178), a high-tech service has been created to better serve rural patients in need of cardiology care.
Telemedicine is defined as an electronic exchange of information between one site and another to improve health outcomes. During a visit, patients are able to communicate with a Providence Medical Group cardiologist through Union Hospital's secure and confidential telemedicine network that looks like a television screen. Throughout the visit the cardiologist is able to hear heart tones and breath sounds, just like being right in the clinic. To ensure safety, patient information is transmitted and reviewed by the cardiologist through the patient's electronic medical record in advance of the visit.
"The technology offers patients a consultation with a cardiologist while they are at CCCFM rather than needing to make an appointment and travel out of town. We recognize that many of our rural patients have circumstances that prevent them from doing so" said Brooke Lockhart, CCCFM's Practice Manager. "This is just one more way that we can help our patients access the care they need right in their own community".
To learn more please contact CCCFM at (812) 939-2126.
Clay City Center for Family Medicine is now enrolling patients in the program.
“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