One Mississippi hospital is providing a health service to physicians across the state, and the doctors will not even have to leave their office to take advantage of the offering.
St. Dominic’s expanded partnership with REACH Health Inc. connects lung specialists with acute care pulmonary patients – such as those suffering from collapsed lungs, severe asthma attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary embolisms.
“Our multiservice telemedicine platform will give our rural hospital partners direct access to a pulmonary specialist,” said Cris Bourn, PT, DPT, MHS, neuroscience/orthopedic service line administrator at St. Dominic in Jackson. “This means that pulmonary patients will be able to receive excellent specialty care at their local community hospital, near their families and loved ones.”
Intubation and mechanical ventilation are commonplace in hospital intensive care units (ICUs). Because ventilators carry the risk of serious lung damage and delayed negative effects, consultation with a pulmonologist can be valuable. Of particular relevance for pulmonary patients is ventilator management – determining the proper airflow, pressure and volume for each patient to ensure the optimal respiratory rate.
The REACH Access Platform allows emergency department clinicians and consulting physicians to conduct joint examinations and share critical medical data and images. REACH Health was a pioneer in telestroke and now provides one enterprise telemedicine solution for multiple specialties, with pulmonary, psychiatry, cardiology, neurology and ICU services.