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Fred Eastman, TeleHealth Technology Manager, provided insights about Mercy’s telehealth initiates to ICN’s SYBAC (Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Committee) students.
Telehealth can include clinical appointments with physicians/nurses/therapists, telephysic, and teleradiology. He described that telemedicine can also include distance education and administrative meetings. Eastman explained that “Telehealth is always using bandwidth” by describing the following real-life scenarios.
A chest x-ray, over original broadband connections, previously took 12-20 minutes to be virtually sent to the recipient. Today, Mercy can send a whole series of MRI sheets and CT scans, let the radiologist know they are coming, radiologist reads the studies, and sends a diagnosis back within that same timeframe range of 12-15 minutes. It is much different than it used to be, because of the faster and lager pipes and better computing capabilities.
Just about everything now uses electronic health records…
A nurse practitioner sees pediatric mental health patients via a video connection. The video connection provides the specialty of this healthcare service to be accessible to 600-800 patients remotely.
Within healthcare, there are many opportunities to use broadband technology.