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Telemedicine for intensive care

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 9:53 am

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of telemedicine services in its Intensive Care Unit.

Through a partnership with Eagle Telemedicine, a company based out of Atlanta, Ga., hospitalists and staff at RTH now conduct rounds with the help of a robotic monitor that uses state of the art telecommunication and remote patient monitoring technology to connect with specialized physicians elsewhere.

The system works similar to FaceTime with a large screen that displays a physician’s face and allows that doctor to engage with the patient as well as the staff and hospitalists at RTH. The robot is wheeled into patient rooms, is equipped with a stethoscope and a high definition camera to aid in a detailed examination of the patient, including details such as pupil dilation.

“The ability to see a patient through a visual monitor allows for consultation and critical decision making to occur more rapidly,” said Judy Matthews, Nurse Executive at RTH. “It helps us strengthen the quality, scope, and value of the critical care that we provide.”

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Dr. Alvaro Puig (RTH Hospitalist) and Dr. Andrew Freedman (Intensivist on screen)

consult via the hospital’s telemedicine program during patient rounds.