A city fire department offers on-the-scene video consultants between emergency physicians and non-emergent 911 callers, leading to fewer unnecessary ambulance transports and emergency department visits, lower costs, more connections of patients to primary care medical homes, and more time for ambulance crews to deal with true emergencies.
Pharmacy teams provide comprehensive medication management services to at-risk patients at safety net clinics via video consultations, leading to better chronic disease outcomes, fewer emergency department visits and hospitalizations, and high levels of patient and provider satisfaction.
An integrated electronic system for scheduling elective surgical procedures and obtaining informed consent eliminates delays and other problems due to incomplete or missing consent forms, illegible handwriting, and missing equipment.
Supported by mobile technology, trained health coaches and nurse care coordinators use home visits and telephone-based monitoring to identify and address declines in health status in recently discharged Medicare patients, leading to a significant reduction in readmissions and associated cost savings.
Neurologists with expertise in movement disorders enhance access to specialty care by offering virtual house calls to patients with Parkinson's disease, generating very high levels of patient satisfaction.
A primary care medical home for patients with disabilities and complex, chronic medical conditions emphasizes patient engagement and care coordination among medical specialties and social service providers, leading to enhanced access to care, better self-management skills, more days of good health, fewer hospitalizations, and lower costs.
Through a statewide telemedicine program, psychiatrists evaluate patients with mental health issues who present at rural hospital emergency departments, leading to reductions in wait times, inpatient admissions, and costs; increased attendance at followup visits; and high levels of patient and clinician satisfaction.
User-friendly, secure Web-based and mobile applications facilitate online visits with board-certified dermatologists, enhancing access to care for those with minor and serious skin conditions, increasing physician productivity, and generating high levels of patient satisfaction.
Psychiatric fellows and residents at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville provide care via videoconferencing to patients in rural parts of the state who otherwise would likely not have had access to such care.
A federally qualified health center serving primarily low-income, minority patients offers telemedicine-based retinal screening as part of a comprehensive annual visit for patients with diabetes, leading to enhanced access to screening, lower costs, and higher patient satisfaction.