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Better delivery of healthcare via VTC — webinar 9/29

September 22, 2009 - 1 Comment

When it comes to delivery of quality healthcare, sometimes the reality of distance to facilities and specialists can create a barrier to actual delivery to patients. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Distance Health (CDH) found that the use of VideoTeleconferencing (VTC) eliminates barriers to that quality care.

In focus groups, UAMS discovered that in Arkansas, transportation is a major barrier for patients who are seeking specialized medical care. By enabling access to telehealth VTC in rural communities, UAMS can deliver specialized services, training, education and support to thousands of doctors and patients in rural areas – and anywhere across the globe.

On Tuesday, September 29, Michael Manley, Director of Outreach for the UAMS CDH, and Joe D’Iorio, TANDBERG Healthcare Advocate, will share the key advantages of telehealth to tertiary hospitals (those that focus on specialized care over an extended period of time), remote facilities, specialty centers, and, most importantly, to patients. They will be joined by Dr. Curtis Lowery, Dept Chair OB-GYN at UAMS CDH, who will discuss specific cost savings and advantages to the tertiary hospital – including the ability to make effective use of the specialist’s time, the ability to bring in other counselors to help the patient understand and move forward without the need for even more visits to the hospital.

You can join this interactive session from your desktop and ask questions of the experts on how best to implement a VTC strategy. Click here to Register.

2 p.m. Eastern /11a.m. Pacific

Tuesday, September 29th

Michael Manley, Director of Outreach, UAMS Center for Distance Health
Dr. Curtis Lowery, Dept Chair OB-GYN, UAMS
Joe D’Iorio, Healthcare Advocate, TANDBERG

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  1. The Army has done omething similiar in the form of a TeleMentor initiative in Iraq, where a surgeon wears a camera headset and, connected through the Army's MC4 system, can have his fellow surgeons in the States consult him during a surgery. The providers on the other end are also using MC4 (the Army's tactical medical recording system). They can even draw on the screen (i.e. telestrate) like John Madden made famous! The full story will be in the MC4 newsletter coming out the week of September 28th. Check next week for the full story. Nice timely event!