TeleHealth the Topic of OLVH Education Program

In April, 2009, Our Lady of Victory Hospital introduced TeleHealth, a new technology that allows patients, nurses and off-site specialists to talk as if they are in the same room. OLVH Registered Nurses Mary Leech, Judy Bielecki and Deb Lewan work with TeleHealth. Mary and Judy will be discussing the technology and how it has been working at a free educational program set for Thursday, March 11 at 3 p.m. The session will take place in the OLVH 2nd floor conference room.

Background

Patients at Our Lady of Victory Hospital and the Victory Medical Groups have always had 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.

Beginning in April, 2009, OLVH was able to offer additional specialty services to patients using a new technology through partnership with Marshfield Clinic. 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.

This new program expands 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 OLVH patients need these specialty services, their Victory Medical Group clinician assist them in setting up their TeleHealth consult in Stanley. Patients interested in setting up a TeleHealth consultation can talk to their OLVH/VMG provider.

OLVH Monthly Education Programs

OLVH offers a free community education program the second Thursday of each month. The sessions take place at 3 p.m. in the OLVH 2nd floor conference room. There is no charge, and pre-registration is not required. All patients, families and friends are welcome. For more information, call (715) 644-5571. If you’d like to be notified by mail of upcoming topics, contact Joanne Gadke, (715) 644-6149 or Joanne.Gadke@ministryhealth.org, and provide your name and address.

 
 
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