Telemedicine for nursing facilities
Providing Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) With Telehealth
StationMD’s telemedicine solution for nursing facilities benefits both patients and administrators in many ways. First, it provides access to both doctors and care. This is particularly helpful during off-hours, when a physician is not on the premises. Second, we have vast experience in taking care of patients. Our telemedicine experts have experience with both post-acute care and chronic care facilities.
The StationMD process includes:
- fine-tuned medical protocols
- data analysis
- feedback to facilities
We have gathered robust data in treating this population. This data demonstrates reductions in emergency room visits and hospital admissions. As a result of these reduced emergency room visits and hospital admissions, a massive savings in health care dollars is created.
Process for Telemedicine for Nursing Facilities
StationMD’s emergency medicine boarded physicians perform telemedicine consultations immediately upon request by the nursing facility staff. Our secure video-conferencing system is augmented by sophisticated diagnostic tools. These tools include an electronic stethoscope which transmits heart, breath, and abdominal sounds to the doctor. Our doctors work closely with the nursing staff at the facility. This is done to provide the care the patient would otherwise get in the emergency room.
On many occasions, conditions can be addressed by the StationMD doctor without transferring a patient to the emergency room. When transfer is unavoidable, the StationMD physician communicates directly with the emergency doctor at the hospital. This is done to streamline care. In addition, this helps to prevent unnecessary tests and decrease chances of admission.
A patient’s family members can be conferenced in to the video encounter. It does not matter where the family member is. This effectively lets them sit in on the examination and ask questions to the doctor directly. In addition, this reassures them that concerns are being adequately addressed. As a result, their medical questions are answered immediately and in a thorough fashion.