Telemedicine: What You Need To Know
The Telemedicine Program of The University of Vermont Medical Center and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, provide regional access to high-quality specialty medical consultation, emergency care, and education for health care providers, students, employees and patients. The program was twice recognized as one of the top ten telemedicine programs in the country by Telemedicine and Telehealth Networks magazine.
The UVM Medical Center is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the area and is the major teaching hospital for the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the only medical school in the state. This academic medical center serves the residents of Vermont and northeastern New York State.
Telemedicine refers to the electronic transfer of medical information. In its simplest form, telemedicine can be a telephone call conveying information about a patient.
At The UVM Medical Center, it usually involves the use of two-way interactive video over IP (Internet Protocol) to allow the patient, the local provider and the specialist to interact and develop a care plan, without having to transfer the patient to a more specialized care center. Telemedicine also is used to provide course lectures and educational offerings for students and physicians from around the region.
By bringing specialty medicine to patients throughout Vermont and northern New York, telemedicine helps The UVM Medical Center provide a communications network for the exchange of medical information across the region. This is especially important in treating patients in rural areas, who otherwise would not have local or timely access to specialists at an academic medical center.
The UVM Medical Center/UVM College of Medicine's pediatric intensivists, through agreements with area rural hospitals, have direct video access to the emergency departments of referring community hospitals. When they receive a request for an emergency consult, and they think it would be beneficial, UVM Medical Center specialists can be 'virtually' present in the remote Emergency Department to assist with challenging emergency cases.
Currently our most active telemedicine endeavors are focused around providing consultations to distant patients in the areas of psychiatric care to the elderly living in skilled nursing facilities, palliative care, pediatric emergency medicine, surgical follow-up and Continuing Medical Education.
Learn More About Telemedicine
Read the Burlington Free Press story about the New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC). Funded by the Federal Communications Commission, the consortium electronically connects Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
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