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May 07, 2015

Eagle Telemedicine to Partner with Health Systems and Technology Vendors to Accelerate Deployment of eHospitalist Solution

Eagle Telemedicine, a pioneer of cutting-edge healthcare technologies and solutions, is adopting a partnership model to make it easier for hospitals to implement its telemedicine and other solutions. The company will work with a health system and technology vendor to speed adoption of its product and revolutionize healthcare, especially in the case of rural hospitals.

“Hospitals and health systems are often inclined to develop their telemedicine programs in house,” said Richard Sanders, Vice President of Eagle Telemedicine. “A partnership program like this can work collaboratively to help fill in the gaps, speed implementation and ensure success.”

Called eHospitalist, Eagle Telemedicine’s flagship telemedicine solution relies on remote presence technology to help hospitals provide their patients with better care while improving the efficiency of internal operations. Once deployed, the solution provides a way for physicians anywhere around the world to interact with patients via a videoconferencing setup attached to a robot. The physician maneuvers the robot and communicates through the screen using a specialized laptop computer with a joystick. The remote-guided robot includes powerful zoom controls and basic diagnostic instruments that link directly to the physician’s computer, allowing them to effectively offer patient consultations with only some assistance needed from a nurse in the room.

via Eagle Telemedicine

This telemedicine program addresses the notorious lack of adequate physician staff that plagues many residential hospitals, and grants patients prompt medical care even in times of low staffing, such as during the middle of the night. As a result, the solution is critical for solving hospitals’ resource issues as well as providing the fastest care to patients with time-sensitive ailments. Furthermore, the use of remote presence technologies allows these facilities to benefit from the services of highly skilled physicians that would not normally serve such a small community.

“Collaborative programs like this are ideal because they can provide access to resources—physicians and services and technology expertise—that individual hospitals and health systems may not have internally,” Sanders continued. “The programs can increase the volume of services that a health system can offer.”

Eagle Telemedicine discussed the new partnership approach as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with helping rural hospitals set up an eHospitalist program in a panel discussion entitled “Understanding the KEy Factors to Implementing an eHospitalist Service Line.” The presentation took place at the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA’s) 20th Annual Meeting  & Trade Show and offered a comprehensive perspective regarding the company’s commitment to improving healthcare for the patients that are often somewhat neglected due to limiting outside factors.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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