Innovator Health is working with one rural Arkansas hospital, the Great River Medical Center, to increase revenue (by $1.6 million/year) and deliver better care to patients.
Telemedicine and telehealth technology are already having an impact on health care, but many providers struggle to see the benefits.
Often it is a cultural struggle – leadership doesn’t provide enough support to the initiative or physicians are reluctant to change even if it is a benefit to patients.
Other times, it may be a problem with the technology. Not all telemedicine systems are created equal, and without the right technology the solution may become an impediment, rather than building the relationship between the patient and doctor.
Hospital to hospital transfers are a significant source of growth and revenue for many health systems.
It is estimated that an average of 3.5% of all hospital inpatient admissions come from interhospital transfers, with larger facilities having a significantly higher proportion of transfers accounting for their total admissions.
However, the interfacility transfer is still a fragmented process that can lead to medical errors and even death. Finding safer ways to receive transfers from other hospitals can improve patient care, decrease costs and increase patient and physician satisfaction.
Healthcare and medicine are at crossroads.
There are challenges facing the industry – an aging population in need of greater care, demands for lower cost treatment options, and a lack of specialists and doctors especially in rural areas. Healthcare leaders are looking for solutions, and not more complications.
That’s where tools like telemedicine and telehealth can help. In this article, we’ll look at how forward-thinking leaders in healthcare are leveraging telehealth and telemedicine to overcome challenges and deliver benefits for patients, providers while growing their business.
Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, visited the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University on May 1st, 2018 to hold a town hall meeting and tour the two year old medical campus. While on his tour, Governor Hutchinson spent some time learning about the telemedicine curriculum and technology being used to train the 1st and 2nd year medical students.
To save you the time of having to read anymore, the simple answer is yes. However, if you want to learn how, I encourage you to keep reading.