The news of a major acquisition can send tremors through an industry, whether it’s technology or tires, aerospace or pharmaceuticals. However, in the telemedicine industry, it’s a different story.
We’ve probably all heard the announcements by airline pilots warning that “we might encounter some turbulence” on the flight ahead. For the hospital industry—at least as far as the physician shortage is concerned—the announcements are long since over. We’re flying directly through the turbulence as we enter 2020, and it’s only going to get bumpier in the decade ahead.
Businesses understand today that customers want more than one way to interact with them. Ordering products online. Checking reviews on mobile apps. Joining company communities on social media. 2019 saw healthcare’s evolution in the same multi-channel direction. No longer is it a single visit to the doctor or hospital. Today’s healthcare is a series of interactions with multiple access points or “front doors,” some personal, some digital—outpatient clinic visits, email conversations with doctors or clinical staff, online checking of lab results or Q&As on a patient portal, virtual doctor visits. It was the new model of healthcare in 2019.
When a great idea takes off, it’s surprising where it can take you. Recently, we’ve answered a need for a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) program via telemedicine at a large Alabama hospital. The 150-bed acute care facility is now able to offer services for women with high-risk pregnancies. It is the first hospital in its metropolitan area to offer those services onsite.
One area that is often behind the scenes but a key driver in a timely telemedicine program start is the credentialing and licensing process. Many telemedicine companies outsource their program to save costs. At Eagle Telemedicine, better results and consistent support means we do it ourselves.
After 10 years of providing telemedicine programs to hospitals, we’ve had time to carve out a specific niche in the market. We know what makes us different from other telemedicine companies, so we’ve taken time to put those differentiators down on paper in a new Telemedicine Playbook: “What to Look for When Choosing a Provider – Six Tips for Success.”
In this blog series, we’re discussing Eagle Telemedicine’s proven and replicable implementation process. Previously, in the third series installment, we had moved into the Mock-Go-Live discussions, the real-time practice sessions that put everything into perspective regarding what was learned and discovered in the implementation. In this post, we move to the program Go-Live.
In this blog series, we’re discussing Eagle Telemedicine’s proven and replicable implementation process. Previously, in the second series installment, we had moved into the weekly implementation discussions. In this post, we turn our attention to the Mock Go-Live sessions.
In this blog series, we’re discussing Eagle Telemedicine’s proven and replicable implementation process. Part I dealt with the importance of the “kick-off” call to get things rolling with the implementation of a telemedicine program. The “kick-off” sets the stage, creates clear expectations of the implementation, and facilitates clear and transparent communication, but now the implementation process begins in earnest. Next up in the implementation process is the start of weekly implementation discussions.
At first glance, one might think that telemedicine wouldn’t be the best medium for diagnosing and treating patients with infectious diseases (IDs). There is, after all, nothing to “listen to” in conditions of sepsis, infected wounds from diabetes or other ailments, meningitis, osteomyelitis, methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) or other infections—nothing a stethoscope on a videoconferencing cart can pick up from the sound of a patient’s heartbeat or stomach. But look again.