NFCH to offer stroke victim care with telemedicine

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 06:12 PM.

Hospital Corporation of America is the country’s largest non-governmental healthcare system with 162 hospitals and 113 ambulatory surgery centers. HCA is also the parent company of Gulf Coast Medical Center.

HCA facilities are responsible for 4 to 5 percent of all inpatient care delivered in the US today, Long said, and has operations in 20 states and England with about 199,000 employees.

The North Florida Division of HCA has 16 hospitals in North Florida and south Georgia, five ambulatory surgery centers, seven urgent care locations, two free-standing emergency departments, five radiology oncology centers, four diagnostic imaging centers as well as more than 50 physician practice locations and 19,000 employees.

The HCA Telemedicine Initiative will allow 24/7 access to neurology and neurosurgery coverage and will increase the volume of care delivered locally, Long said.

The telemedicine network is also being offered to NFCH at no charge, Long said. “The purpose of the program is to not only save money for the hospitals participating, but to ultimately lower the cost of health care.”

“The goal of the HCA Telemedicine Initiative is to develop a regional network that increases the ability of specialized physicians to consult, triage and diagnosis critically ill neurological patients in under served areas,” Long said, “by leveraging the technology of telemedicine to keep patients close to home when possible.”

The telemedicine network is administered by InTouch Health, Long said.

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