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Running Head: TELEMEDICINEA Closer Look: Telemedicine for Rural-Based Health ReeKa CopelandWalden UniversityTelemedicine for a Rural-Based Health Facility
TELEMEDICINEIntroduction Healthcare services should be effectively coordinated and of superior quality for their recipients, both as individuals and as members of a community and population, to enjoy optimal health and quality of life. The nature of modern healthcare and its delivery is being extraordinary impacted by the innovations and technological advancements prevalent today. Further still, these technological innovations are changing the way healthcare is accessed, disseminated, and utilized. Telemedicine (also referred to as telehealth) has been hailed as a stateof the art approach to give quality and improved healthcare to individuals living in remote places(Yap, 2015). Under the framework of telemedicine, patients and doctors can interact, utilizing computers, camcorders, and even mobile phones, to provide consultations, primary diagnoses, education and advice – and neither party must leave their home or office. Canon Hospital, located between 100-150 miles from the two nearest major hospitals, is a rural-based healthcare facility. Residents who utilize this facility do not always receive safe, reliable, and accessiblecare. Canon hospital has an opportunity to improve their healthcare delivery by utilizing health information technology (HIT) and telemedicine. Narrowing the distance gap between patients and the facility, administrating life-saving treatments, building better patient relationships, and increasing revenue are all factors that Canon Hospital can positively influence with the help of Telemedicine.Telemedicine utilizes the already-established infrastructure of telecommunication to provide patient access to physician services through a variety of resources. According to Guler and Ubeyli, telemedicine is the electronically transmitted exchange of medical information to providesupport when distance separates the participants (2002). Patients can interact with their physicians in ways that they may not have been able to in the past. With distance no longer
TELEMEDICINEbeing a factor, patients can meet with their physicians, consult with specialists, and receive diagnostic care utilizing a specific device, connected to the provider.Problem StatementCanon Hospital currently provides services to an extensive land area; however, efforts are hindered by the lack of an inefficient telemedicine infrastructure. These inefficiencies have adversely impacted the service area specifically in neurological care and conditions associated inthat division. Currently, Canon Hospital is transferring approximately half of admitted ICU patients and virtually allpatients presenting with neurological issues/stroke symptoms to a tertiary care center.

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