Dosher implements telemedicine program for Patient Care Unit
Dosher has partnered with Eagle Telemedicine to provide a physician overnight to examine inpatients in the hospital's 25-bed, Patient Care Unit via a secure online connection.
At a media preview on Dec. 3, Dosher hospitalist director Dr. Raymond Schmoke said, "Our physician leaders and administration researched this type of program and were impressed with the way Eagle physicians interact with patients as well as hospital physicians, nurses and technicians. This service is a winner, especially for a rural hospital like Dosher."
"Dosher is known for compassionate and personalized bedside care and this is reflected in our consistently high patient satisfaction scores. Now, we're taking a step into the high-tech side of healthcare," Sara Harris, lead RN, Patient Care Unit, says. "Based on examples from other hospitals that use this program, we expect our patients will be impressed."
The media event included a remote appearance by Dr. Jayne Lee, chief medical officer for Eagle Telemedicine.
Dr. Schmoke or another hospitalist, Dr. William Meacham, will continue to examine Dosher inpatients 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days per week. A physician from Eagle will do so the other 12 hours each day. A Dosher nurse will be on hand for each telemedicine exam.
About Eagle TelemedicineEagle Telemedicine is a physician-led healthcare organization that brings physicians in a variety of specialties to hospitals and patients, regardless of location. Eagle was founded in 2008 and is based in Atlanta. Read more at EagleTelemedicine.com.
WECT-TV's Bill Murray conducts an interview with Dr. Lee.