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Walden University HIT Initiative CANON HOSPITAL GRACE NONO
Week III: Telemedicine for Rural-Based Health Facility Problem statement Canon hospital is providing an exceptional healthcare service to a community with a large population. However, the hospital is approximately 100 miles and 150 miles away from two major hospitals. Therefore, the community is in need of telemedicine infrastructure. The lack of tertiary center has force Conan hospital to transfer approximately 50 percent of its ICU patients, as well as patients who are presenting with stroke symptoms to the next major hospitals. Patients and caregivers are forced to relocate to a rehab center outside Canon hospital, and it results in a meager customer’s satisfaction rate and loss of revenue. Also, the facility has not been able to follow-up with any patient. To improve access to care, senior medical staff in the ICU and neurology departments at Canon Hospital are proposing to maintain the proper services for their department including establishing a rehabilitation program for stroke patients and reinforce follow-ups in the canon hospital community. Creating a reliable telemedicine infrastructure will require Canon hospital to consider implementing electronic stethoscopes as well as instituting high telephone connectivity with its tertiary center. Therefore, to improve service delivery, the facility must implement an effective teleconsultation, electronic stethoscopes framework, increased telephony connectivity to improve referral to tertiary centers as well as bolster medical follow-ups. The scope of the IT solution Introduction and implementation of any new technology is a complex process, and incorporating telemedicine practices at Canon Hospital is no exception. Telemedicine has been established as the use of telecommunications to provide medical information and services
(Bolton. 2003). When dealing with any technology, it is critical to understand not only the associated hardware and the software that runs it, but one must apprehend the technology conceptually. Technologies that depend on the computer as their primary enabler mainly falls

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