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February 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 8

Q&A: Plaza Health Network Implements Telemedicine and Telemetry for Faster Clinical Interventions and Reduced Hospital Readmissions

Plaza Health Network’s seven South Florida rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities are rolling out interactive technology that allows rapid, real-time, remote monitoring of patients. It links patients, physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners, nursing staff and remote medical specialists through collaborative virtual care, including video conferencing.

In this Q&A, Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, Chief Clinical Officer at Plaza Health Network, explains how telemedicine and telemetry improves the quality of patient care and reduces costs for hospitals by decreasing unnecessary hospital readmissions. 
Q: How does telemedicine work? 
A: The technology continuously collects and monitors patient vital signs, conditions and clinical information. When blood pressure, oxygen saturation, glucose levels or another measure leaves a normal range, when an EKG shows immediate changes – or varies from values set by a resident’s primary care physician -- an intervention can start immediately.
The cutting-edge technology is HIPAA compliant, uses a secured connection and is portable for use at the patient’s bedside or during rehabilitation therapy, making it an essential feature of care in Plaza Health Network’s seven rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities: Arch Plaza, Aventura Plaza, Jackson Plaza, Ponce Plaza, Sinai Plaza, South Pointe Plaza and University Plaza. 
Q: What are advantages for your patients?
A: Patients gain quicker, expanded access to specialty medical expertise through videoconferencing and other features any time of day or night. This is particularly important for patients admitted for sub-acute care following surgery or related to a serious injury or major illness. If insurance allows, it can also be used for observation purposes, less costly than in a hospital.
Q: How can telemedicine save time and money? 
A: Traditionally, a primary care physician would order transfer of a resident reporting chest pain to a hospital for further evaluation. Now an onsite nursing professional can connect the patient to a portable electrocardiogram (ECG) device and immediately share results with the primary care doctor or remote specialist, allowing for the opportunity to treat in place.
Through this new cutting-edge technology, we now offer a greater level of high-quality care with the goal of quicker evaluations, reduced hospital readmissions, enhanced outcomes, and better overall health for our patients going forward. 

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