OLVH partners with Marshfield Clinic to offer TeleHealth

3/19/2009

Open house, demonstration for public Monday, April 6, 2-4 p.m.

Patients at Our Lady of Victory Hospital and the Victory Medical Groups have excellent access to primary care. When patients need to see a specialist, OLVH has a long history of bringing them to Stanley to see patients in person. The hospital currently hosts visiting specialists in urology, orthopedics, ENT, ophthalmology, podiatry, audiology, and women’s health.

Now, with the help of new technology and a partnership with Marshfield Clinic, OLVH will be expanding to offer additional specialty services to our patients. The technology, called TeleHealth, allows patients, nurses and doctors to talk as if they are in the same room. The sophisticated system also allows for results of exams, medical tests and medical information to be conveyed to the specialists in real time. The information is sent safely and confidentially via a high-speed telephone line.

According to Cindy Eichman, president of OLVH, “These new TeleHealth consults will be for those specialties not currently provided on site. This new program will expand access to allergy specialists, bariatric services, dermatology, endocrinology, behavioral health, neurology, pain management, and wound management. This technology makes additional specialty services possible without lengthy travel or the expense and risks associated with it. When our patients need these specialty services, their Victory Medical Group clinician will assist them in setting up their TeleHealth consult right here in Stanley."

“Patients deserve to receive services in their home community at a time and place that is convenient for them and TeleHealth has been considered a tool for access for both patients and providers,” said Nina Antoniotti, Ph.D., director, Marshfield Clinic TeleHealth. “Leveraging TeleHealth for a community like Stanley, which has excellent primary care but limited specialty care, is what TeleHealth is all about.

“Marshfield Clinic is proud to partner with OLVH in providing this service to the people who live in the Stanley area.”

Cindy says that based on the success of this program in Stanley, OLVH/VMG will consider additional locations for TeleHealth services.

OLVH will be hosting an open house to demonstrate the system Monday, April 6 from 2-4 p.m. in the hospital atrium.

 

 
 
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