(ACUTE CARE Partner) Oelwein hospital expands emergency department

From KCRG:

Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters in Oelwein held a groundbreaking for its $1.5 million dollar Emergency Department expansion Tuesday.

Hospital officials said the renovations will help meet current and future needs of the hospital and community.

“We are a very busy outpatient, and a very busy ER. So, this was to help give more privacy and opportunity for the nurses to give one on one care,” Site Administrator Terri Derflinger said.

The renovations include an expanded emergency medical services facility, which will allow the hospital’s ambulance to transport patients in a climate-controlled facility. New registration offices will provide convenience and accommodate patients by providing private spaces for hospital staff to talk with them. Two new rooms will be added to the laboratory, and the entire facility will become a secured unit.

Telemedicine Initiative helps doctors assess patients from miles away

From KFVS12:

Technology is allowing doctors to diagnose patients from miles away.

It’s called the Southern Illinois Telemedicine Initiative.

At the Harrisburg Medical Center, the initiative’s focus is on stroke patients.

Instead of waiting for a doctor to arrive to the hospital, the hospital is able to call in through this program and the doctor can then hop online and assess, diagnose and help treat the patient from miles away, as if he or she were in the room with the patient.

Cameras that are attached to the monitors, allow the doctors to see the patients, patients’ families, and an up-close and detailed look of the patients.

In the event of the stroke, SIH Brain and Spine Neurointensivist, Dr. Alejandro Hornik said, said he’s able to give advice on therapy to the family.

“We know patients who have strokes, need to have the right therapy right away,” Dr. Hornik said.

Philadelphia hospital launches virtual care app early for pope visit

From BizJournals:

With more than a million people coming to Philadelphia this weekend to see Pope Francis, Jefferson Health decided to launch a new component of its JeffConnect telemedicine program ahead of schedule.

The new feature, called On-Demand Virtual Care, is an app that allows patients to connect with an emergency medicine physician via a computer or mobile devices.