NFCH to offer stroke victim care with telemedicine

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

InTouch Health offers the industry's only complete end-to-end products and service solution specifically designed to facilitate improvements in patient care and increase hospital revenue in acute care settings, according to the company website, intouchhealth.com.

Long said InTouch Health’s experience provides the insight required to overcome the technical, program and implementation challenges faced when creating a telemedicine program, and the company has a track record in creating sustainable programs for customers.

The robots which are used feature screens on which the patient sees the consulting doctor and the doctor sees the patient at their end of the computer. The robots come in different formats, and they are able to access data directly from the patient, even being able to “listen” to a stethoscope, Long said.

The model of robot NFCH may receive is called RP-Lite. The robot “provides a convenient, cost-effective moveable platform for delivering state-of-the-art remote presence capabilities across a broad array of locations supported by InTouch Health's comprehensive connective services and support,” according to the InTouch website.

Features of the RP-Lite include a Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera system that optimizes viewing of patients and others; immersive, directional audio modes improve clarity in hospital settings; dual-purpose workstation can be used for data entry while physicians are logged on; and accessories include a stethoscope kit, privacy headset and composite video port.

The RP-Lite looks like a flat screen TV attached to a portable X-ray machine stand. The RP-VITA robot, however, another of the InTouch telemedicine robots, looks like something from Star Wars and has autodrive capabilities that allow it to safely navigate and travel to selected destinations without requiring user guidance.

The telemedicine network is cloud based and run on a fiberoptic networks, Long said. According to the InTouch website, The SureCONNECT program maintains reliable connections and is secure. The program has FDA clearance and meets HIPAA compliance requirements.



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