What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is a revolutionary delivery system for delivering medical services that connect board certified sub-specialists at Carle with health care providers and their patients in rural communities. Patients are able to receive the high quality medical assistance delivered by Carle physicians without leaving their local community.
Using cutting edge video collaboration technology, telemedicine brings medical consultations, follow up care and educational services directly to rural patients, physicians and hospitals.
Telemedicine uses private and interactive internet connection and the most advanced technology to instantly connect specialists with patients in rural communities. Telemedicine technology at Carle and participating hospitals and clinics enable physicians to examine and evaluate patients and discuss treatments. With two-way voice and video communication, the interaction allows a patient to ask and answer questions, and explain symptoms to a physician.
With live physician–to-physician communication, telemedicine and video collaboration technology enables rural physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals with increased access to specialists and patients living a distance from the regional health care center. The end result being improved health care and access to the communities in rural areas.
Since the early 1990’s, Carle Foundation Hospital has provided telemedicine services to the surrounding region. As we strive to improve referral provider access to Carle services, telemedicine affords an opportunity to collaborate with regional providers utilizing video collaboration technology to bring the Carle sub-specialties to the rural patient population. Through telemedicine we have the capability to provide emergent consults for patients in regional hospitals and scheduled same day outpatient consults for regional patients.