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Winter Update: Telemedicine and Teleradiology


#1. With today's shortage of physicians, telemedicine plays a crucial role in the nation's health. 

       A good definition of telemedicine is the use of modern computer tehnology to deliver healthcare

      at a distance.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services even has a website with toolkit

      to guide best use of this Internet resource


#2. Rural facilities are strained for specialists.  They rely on consultants from distant cities to interpret exams

     and work with on-site staff for best care. This could be through video-conferencing, transmission of images,

     and remote monitoring.


#3. The rules of good medicine must prevail.  A consultant, whether 100 feet or 100 miles away must have privileges

      at the Facility.  He/She must be licensed in State in which the facility is located, and must obey the Hospital rules and



#4. Communication is essential.  Critical findings need be called in.  Reports generated for such urgent matters need to

     be dated, timed, and with documentation of whom the report was discussed with.  To ensure that appropriate action will be

    taken, specify in the report that such action was recommended and accepted.


#5. Teleradiology certainly led the way.  Most Hospital staff radiologists have medical grade monitors at home to view

      night-time studies and consult with on-site E.R. physicians and others.


#6. Consultants who are asked to participate in telemedicine must be prepared to know the rules and keep lines of communication

open for feedback and further questions.  This is a growing field: robotics, telehealth, and compliance.


A very Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

Dr. Bob








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